Family, community, and lifestyle: Adolescent victimization in helsinki

Jukka Savolainen, Petteri Sipilä, Pekka Martikainen, Amy L. Anderson

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The proximate correlates of adolescent victimization are well documented in the literature. The purpose of our research is to examine the more fundamental sources of this outcome. Focusing on two basic social contexts - the family and the residential community - we develop a theoretical model and test it empirically against a multilevel data set on juveniles living in Helsinki. Consistent with our hypothesis, we find that the family context is an important determinant of violent victimization. Much of this effect is mediated by involvement in delinquent lifestyles. We also find support for the assumption that community context matters to the risk of victimization independently of the family context and individual-level risk factors. Our research underscores the need for a multilevel approach in explanations of violent victimization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)715-738
Number of pages24
JournalSociological Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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