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ERIC Number: EJ804505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4278
Distress and Violent Victimization among Young Adolescents: Early Puberty and the Social Interactionist Explanation
Schreck, Christopher J.; Burek, Melissa W.; Stewart, Eric A.; Miller, J. Mitchell
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, v44 n4 p381-405 2007
This article explores the empirical validity of the Social Interactionist (SI) perspective as an explanation of violent victimization. An additional goal is to explain why early puberty among adolescents is connected to violent victimization. Using SI, we theorize that early puberty creates unusually high levels of distress for adolescents (more so for girls than boys), causing them to behave in ways that create grievances with others and provoke victimization. The research hypotheses were tested using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), a nationally representative data set of teenagers attending school in the United States. We found that measures of distress significantly increase violent victimization among members of the sample. Furthermore, the SI measures partially mediated the relationship between early puberty and violent victimization for boys and fully mediated this relationship for girls. (Contains 3 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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