The Consequences of Identity Theft Victimization: An Examination of Emotional and Physical Health Outcomes

Katelyn Golladay, Kristy Reisig

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Abstract

Identity theft—one of the fastest growing crimes—results in considerable financial losses as well as time spent to restore credit and prevent future attacks. While scholars have begun to devote more attention to identifying the factors that increase risk of identity theft, little is known about the aftermath for victims. Using data from the Identity Theft Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, we address this gap in the literature. Results indicate that, in addition to financial losses and loss of time, victims also experience emotional (e.g., depression) and physical (e.g., poor health) symptoms. The implications of these findings for theory, research, and policy are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)741-760
Number of pages20
JournalVictims and Offenders
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 3 2017

Keywords

  • health consequences
  • identity theft
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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