ERIC Number: EJ718816
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
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Social Guardianship and Social Isolation: An Application and Extension of Lifestyle/Routine Activities Theory to Rural Adolescents
Spano, Richard; Nagy, Steve
Rural Sociology, v70 n3 p414-437 Sep 2005
Although the overall crime rate dropped between 1993 and 2000, both adolescent violence and violent crime in rural areas has been on the rise. However, little research has been conducted on the determinants of rural violence using targeted regional samples of rural youth. This study examines the applicability of lifestyle/routine activities (RA) theory to a large sample of rural adolescents from Alabama. Multivariate logistic regression analyses indicate that: (1) social guardianship reduces the risk of assault and robbery victimization; (2) blacks are less likely to be assault and robbery victims; and (3) males are less likely to be robbery victims. Social isolation at the individual level is also a strong risk factor for both robbery and assault victimization. The theoretical implications of these findings and suggestions for future research are also discussed.
Descriptors: Victims of Crime, Adolescents, Social Isolation, Rural Areas, Risk, Crime, Violence, African Americans, Males, Rural Youth, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama