Putting Youth Violent Victimization into Context: Sex, Race-Ethnicity and Community Differencess among a Multi-site Sample of Youths

Taylor, T., Esbensen, F., Peterson, D., & Freng, A. (2007). Putting Youth Violent Victimization Into Context: Sex, Race/Ethnicity, and Community Differences Among a Multisite Sample of Youths. Violence and Victims, 702-720.

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The increased risk of violent victimization for adolescents relative to other age groups has recently become a major public health concern. The current study uses data from a multisite study of eighth grade youths attending public schools in 11 cities to determine the extent and nature of youth general and serious violent victimization among both sexes and five racial/ethnic groups in 11 diverse communities. This study explores differences in sex, race/ethnicity, and community independently and explores interactions between sex and community and race/ethnicity and community. Our findings suggest important differences in victimization prevalence and individual victimization rates by sex and community of residence. Racial differences were found to be closely tied to community. Policy implications resulting from our findings are discussed.