The victim–offender overlap in late adulthood

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Abstract

This study contributes to the general knowledge of the victim–offender overlap by determining whether the phenomenon exists among older adults and whether known correlates of crime and victimization explain the relationship. Cross-sectional survey data from telephone interviews conducted with individuals 60 years and older (N = 2,000) residing in Arizona and Florida are used to estimate confirmatory factor models for both victimization and criminal offending. The results from a series of multivariate regression models show that victimization is associated with criminal offending. While factors such as low self-control, depression, and spending time in commercial drinking establishments partially attenuate the victimization–crime link, the statistically significant relationship persists in a multivariate context. Further testing indicates that the observed findings are robust across measurement and modeling strategies. Coupled with prior research, the results support the argument that the victim–offender overlap exists (and is difficult to explain) over the life course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-166
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Elder Abuse and Neglect
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 15 2018

Keywords

  • Bivariate probit
  • elder abuse
  • elder neglect
  • fraud
  • older adults
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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