Gender, adolescent lifestyles, and violent victimization: Implications for routine activity theory

Billy Henson, Pamela Wilcox, Bradford W. Reyns, Francis T. Cullen

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Abstract

Using data from 541 high school students, we examine the associations between structured and unstructured routine activities and adolescent violent victimization in light of gender's influence. In particular, we focused on whether such activity-victimization relationships explained any effect of gender or, in contrast, were perhaps contingent upon gender. The results showed that gender's effect on both minor and serious victimization was substantially mediated by one measured lifestyle, in particular the delinquent lifestyle. In addition, there was only modest evidence of gender moderating the effects of certain lifestyles on victimization; the effects of most activities were consistent across male and female subjects. Implications of our findings for a contemporary age-graded and gendered routine activity theory are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)303-328
Number of pages26
JournalVictims and Offenders
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Law

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