Low self-control and fraud: Offending, victimization, and their overlap

Kristy Reisig, Michael Reisig, Nicole Leeper Piquero, Alex R. Piquero

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Extant research demonstrates that offending and victim populations overlap to some degree, suggesting that a common underlying factor partially explains both outcomes. The current study tests whether low self-control explains the overlap in fraud offending and victimization exposure. Using cross-sectional survey data from a sample of undergraduate students (N = 305), the results from the regression models show that low self-control is associated with fraud offending. The findings also show that individuals with lower levels of self-control report that they are more likely to behave in ways that elevate their exposure to fraud victimization. Finally, in the fraud offending-victimization exposure multivariate models, the partial regression coefficient for low self-control is positive and statistically significant. In short, the findings demonstrate that the overlap between fraud offending and victimization exposure is partially explained by low self-control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)188-203
Number of pages16
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2010


  • Fraud
  • Low self-control
  • Offending
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law


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