Understanding Gang Membership and Crime Victimization Among Jail Inmates: Testing the Effects of Self-Control

Kathleen Talbot, Jodi Lane, Ronald L. Akers

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Abstract

Although previous research has examined factors related to gang membership and offending, research on the relationship between gangs and victimization is limited. The present study builds on previous research and examines gang membership, victimization, and self-control among 2,414 jail inmates. Results from self-report surveys indicate that gang members are more likely than nonmembers to be victimized by property and personal crimes. Among nongang members, those with lower self-control are more likely to be victimized by property and personal crime. Among gang members, lower self-control is associated with personal crime victimization whereas higher self-control is related to property crime victimization. Overall, gang members are victimized more than nongang members, and self-control is an important factor for victimization among gang and nongang members.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-787
Number of pages24
JournalCrime and Delinquency
Volume59
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • crime victimization
  • gang
  • general theory of crime
  • jail inmates
  • self-control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law

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