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Does victimization reduce self-control? A longitudinal analysis

Robert Agnew, Heather Scheuerman, Jessica Grosholz, Deena Isom, Lesley Watson and Sherod Thaxton

Journal of Criminal Justice, 2011, vol. 39, issue 2, 169-174

Abstract: Purpose To examine the effect of victimization on self-control.Method Five waves of data from the GREAT survey are analyzed; the effect of prior victimization on subsequent self-control is estimated using the dynamic panel generalized-method of moments.Results Victimization reduces subsequent self-control in the near term.Conclusions The findings point to another source of low self-control, help to explain why prior victimization is linked to subsequent victimization, and provide support for general strain theory - which predicts that strains such as victimization will reduce self-control.

Date: 2011
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