Longitudinal pathways of victimization, substance use, and delinquency: findings from the National Survey of Adolescents

Addict Behav. 2011 Jul;36(7):682-9. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2010.12.026. Epub 2011 Jan 6.


Using a nationally representative sample of 3614 adolescents, age 12 to 17 years, this study examines longitudinal associations among interpersonal victimization (i.e., sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or assault, and witnessed community and domestic violence) and high risk behavior (i.e., alcohol use, drug use, and delinquent behavior). A bidirectional relationship was hypothesized between high risk behavior and victimization for the full sample. Descriptive results indicated that a high correlation between types of high risk behavior, with over 50% of adolescents having engaged in at least one type of high risk behavior by Wave 2 in the study. Results suggested strong links between victimization and high risk behaviors, whereas sequential order of the constructs across time was dependent on gender and type of victimization. Specifically, hypotheses concerning victimization and high risk behavior were fully supported with boys, but different patterns emerged in the data for girls.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Juvenile Delinquency / statistics & numerical data*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Self Report
  • Sex Distribution
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Time Factors
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*