Victimization, crime propensity and deviance: a multinational test of general strain theory

Teijon Alcala, M and Birkbeck, CH ORCID: 2019, 'Victimization, crime propensity and deviance: a multinational test of general strain theory' , Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 35 (4) , pp. 410-430.

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General Strain Theory (GST) identifies victimization as one of the strains most strongly related to crime which, like other sources of strain, is moderated by individual and social factors. Recently, Agnew (2013) extended the theorization of coping strategies by proposing that the effects of strain on deviance are conditioned by individual and social factors in combination, rather than singly, which he labelled crime propensity. Tests of the propensity hypothesis have so far yielded mixed results, highlighting the value of additional studies. Whereas previous tests have focused on single countries, either in North America or Asia, we test the propensity hypothesis using data on adolescents in 25 countries collected through the International Self-Report Delinquency Study (ISRD3; n= 57,760). A series of OLS regressions show that the relationship between victimization and delinquency/substance use is conditioned by the effects of individuals’ crime propensity, thereby supporting the recent extension to GST.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1043-9862
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Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2019 11:03
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 13:25

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