Victims and Offenders: Accounts of Paybacks, Invulnerability, and Financial Gain Among Homeless Youth

Previous research has suggested that "victim" & "offender" are not mutually exclusive categories but rather represent a homogeneous pool in which offenders are victimized & victims also offend. Little is known, however, about the specifics of the victim & offender process. The current study formally addresses the following research questions: why are some individuals at higher risk for victimization compared to others; why do some young people offend while others do not; & finally, why are criminal victims likely to retaliate? Given that homeless young people generally have high rates of offending & are also exceedingly vulnerable to crime, they represent an ideal sample for examining this process. The purpose of this investigation is to examine, in depth, the victimization & offending experiences of 40 homeless males & females in the Midwest & to place such experiences in a larger context by including an examination of both their early life histories & their current street exposure. 28 References. Adapted from the source document.

Publication Date: 
2004
Pages: 
427-449
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
5
Journal Name: 
Deviant Behavior