Risky Lifestyles, Low Self-control, and Violent Victimization Across Gendered Pathways to Crime

Jillian J. Turanovic, Michael Reisig, Travis C. Pratt

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Objectives: The present study addresses whether unique or general processes lead to victimization across gendered pathways to crime. Specifically, the effects of low self-control and risky lifestyles—specified as various forms of offending and substance abuse—on violent victimization across developmental typologies for both men and women are examined. Methods: Using data from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a two-stage cluster analysis is used to identify taxonomic groups for males and females that represent different pathways to crime. Multivariate negative binomial regression models are estimated to assess whether both self-control and risky lifestyles (e.g., criminal offending) are significant predictors of general forms of violent victimization across each identified cluster. Results: Low self-control and risky lifestyles significantly predict violent victimization across each of the taxonomic groups identified in the data, suggesting that these causal processes are universal rather than unique to any particular gendered pathway. Conclusions: Although inferences cannot be made for types of victimization beyond those observed in the study (e.g., intimate partner violence and sexual assault), the findings lend credence to the notion that self-control and risky lifestyles are critical to the study of violent victimization among men and women following different gendered pathways.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-206
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Quantitative Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Cluster analysis
  • Pathways to crime
  • Risky lifestyles
  • Self-control
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Law


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