The effects of low self-control and childhood maltreatment on stalking victimization among men and women

Kathleen A. Fox, Angela R. Gover, Catherine Kaukinen

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Abstract

This study examines sex differences among stalking victimization using two theoretical perspectives: self-control and the intergenerational transmission of violence. A sample of 1,490 undergraduate students at a large southeastern university were surveyed and asked to report their experiences with stalking, childhood maltreatment, and self-control. Given that men and women may experience stalking, self-control, and child maltreatment differently, logistic regression models were estimated separately to disentangle sex differences. Findings indicate that women are more likely than men to be victims of stalking. Childhood maltreatment was significantly related to stalking victimization for both men and women whereas low self-control was significantly related to stalking victimization for women only. Implications for policy and directions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-197
Number of pages17
JournalAmerican Journal of Criminal Justice
Volume34
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 25 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Childhood maltreatment
  • College students
  • Self-control
  • Sex differences
  • Stalking victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law

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