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Patterns of Victimization Between and Within Peer Clusters in a High School Social Network

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Abstract:

This study presents a descriptive analysis of patterns of violent victimization between and within the various cohesive clusters of peers comprising a sample of more than 500 9th–12th grade students from one high school. Social network analysis techniques provide a visualization of the overall friendship network structure and allow for the examination of variation in victimization across the various peer clusters within the larger network. Social relationships among clusters with varying levels of victimization are also illustrated so as to provide a sense of possible spatial clustering or diffusion of victimization across proximal peer clusters. Additionally, to provide a sense of the sorts of peer clusters that support (or do not support) victimization, characteristics of clusters at both the high and low ends of the victimization scale are discussed. Finally, several of the peer clusters at both the high and low ends of the victimization continuum are “unpacked,” allowing examination of within-network individual-level differences in victimization for these select clusters.

Keywords: ADOLESCENT VICTIMIZATION; CRIMINAL OPPORTUNITY; PEER NETWORKS; SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.27.5.710

Publication date: 2012-10-01

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  • Violence and Victims discusses theory, research, policy, and clinical practice in the area of interpersonal violence and victimization across such disciplines as psychology, sociology, criminology, law, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, and social work.

    The journal's 2014 Impact Factor is 0.858.
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