¡Haciendo travesuras con vatos locos como yo! A low-self control approach to gang violence, gang membership, and criminal offending--violent victimization among gang members

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dc.contributor.author Zavala, Egbert
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-16T19:13:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-16T19:13:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-16
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/7008
dc.description.abstract Criminologists have traditionally studied criminal offending and violent victimization separately. Extant studies, however, demonstrates that criminals and victims overlap to some degree, hinting that a common underlying trait explains both criminal offending and violent victimization. This study tests whether Gottfredson and Hirschi’s self-control theory explains the overlap in criminal offending and violent victimization exposure among gang members. Using cross-sectional survey data from the Evaluation of the Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT) Program in the United States, 1995-1999, results from the regression models show that low self-control is to some degree correlated with criminal offending and violent victimization. Gang members were more likely than non-gang members to participate in some forms of criminal activities, but they were not more likely to be victimized. When variables stemming from social learning and social bonding are included in the regression models, results show that associating with delinquent peers had the strongest effect in predicting criminal offending, contradicting Gottfredson and Hirschi’s claim that self-control is the only cause of criminal behavior. In concert with previous studies that have found a link between low self-control and violent victimization, results show that youths with low self-control were somewhat more likely than youths with higher self-control to report being victimized. The results of the study, as well as venues for future research, are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Gangs en_US
dc.subject Self-Control en_US
dc.subject Victimization en_US
dc.subject Criminal Behavior en_US
dc.title ¡Haciendo travesuras con vatos locos como yo! A low-self control approach to gang violence, gang membership, and criminal offending--violent victimization among gang members en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.description.level Doctoral en_US
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en_US
dc.description.advisor W. Richard Goe en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, Criminology and Penology (0627) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, General (0626) en_US
dc.subject.umi Sociology, Theory and Methods (0344) en_US
dc.date.published 2010 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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