Victimization and Repeated Victimization Experience among Adolescents and Young Adults

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760). This special issue belongs to the section "Childhood and Youth Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 174

Special Issue Editor

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J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Department of Criminal Justice, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294-4562, USA
Interests: fear and perceived risk of victimization; domestic violence; victim advocacy; violent crime

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Victimization and repeat victimization have been studied through different theories (strain, lifestyles, routine activities) and types of victimization. Young adults and adolescents can experience an array of victimizations, such as interpersonal violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, alcohol/drug-related violence, and victimization that occurs while using the internet or social media. More recent research includes crimes that occur through the use of the internet, as well as violence in schools. Important questions in this area of research include the following: why are some adolescents and young adults more vulnerable to victimization than others and what are the risks associated with repeat victimization? Gaining a better understanding of the answers to these questions can better equip those who work with victims to direct resources to those most in need.

This Special Issue aims to gather empirical, methodological, and theoretical research reporting original results on victimization and repeat victimization of adolescents and young adults. This issue will not only focus on the causes of victimization but on solutions to the problem as well as the protective factors associated with reducing victimization and repeat victimization. Those who focus on traditional types of crime as well as those who focus on newer types of crime are encouraged to share their work.

For consideration in this journal, please submit your proposals and any questions to the special issue guest editor by 31 January 2024. Notification of acceptance will be provided by 1 March 2024. Final papers are due on 31 October 2024 for peer review.

Dr. Shelly A. McGrath
Guest Editor

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  • victimization
  • violence
  • youth victimization
  • repeat victimization
  • serial victimization

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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Title: The Effect of Repeated Violent Victimization on Young People’s Fear of Risk/Crime/Victimization
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