Juvenile delinquency and victimization: a theoretical typology.

Academic Article


  • It is a widely voiced notion that juvenile delinquency and victimization co-occur extensively in the youth population, in particular because delinquent youth engage in risky activities. But theory from the bullying and traumatic stress literatures suggests that there may be additional pathways by which delinquency and victimization are connected. This analysis looks for possible subtypes of delinquents and victims consistent with such pathways. Using the Developmental Victimization Survey, a national sample of 1,000 youth aged 10 to 17 were interviewed over the phone. Support emerges for three distinct types of delinquent-victims, who are termed bully-victims, delinquent sex/maltreatment- victims, and property delinquent-victims. There is also evidence for substantial groups of youth who are primarily delinquent but not seriously victimized, as well as youth who are primarily victimized but not delinquent.
  • Authors

  • Cuevas, Carlos A
  • Finkelhor, David
  • Turner, Heather
  • Ormrod, Richard K
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • December 2007
  • Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Child
  • Child Behavior
  • Comorbidity
  • Crime Victims
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 17993643
  • Start Page

  • 1581
  • End Page

  • 1602
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 12