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Toward the Measurement and Prediction of Victim Proneness

NCJ Number
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency Volume: 20 Issue: 2 Dated: (July 1983) Pages: 243-261
Date Published
19 pages
Two samples (each of 500 households), were drawn from the data gathered by the National Crime Survey (NCS), were analyzed using a nonlinear response model. Researchers discovered that some aspects of victim proneness can be predicted from social characteristics of households.
For some purposes direct nonlinear regression is more useful. The theoretical approach developed might be fruitful in resolving difficulties arising from assignation of crimes to households or persons; by providing simplified parameters of victimization, it would allow better testing of alternative hypotheses about the structure of victimization. This has important consequences for testing of efficacy of intervention programs. (Author abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 1983