Journal of Quantitative Criminology

, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 55–71 | Cite as

Self-Control, Violent Offending, and Homicide Victimization: Assessing the General Theory of Crime

  • Alex R. PiqueroEmail author
  • John MacDonald
  • Adam Dobrin
  • Leah E. Daigle
  • Francis T. Cullen

Criminologists have long recognized that offending and victimization share common ground. Using Gottfredson and Hirschi’s general theory of crime, with its emphasis on self-control as a theoretical backdrop, we examine the extent to which self-control is related to both violent offending and homicide victimization. To examine this issue, we use 5-year post-parole data on violent offending and homicide victimization from a sample of parolees from the California Youth Authority. Using rare-events logistic regression models, results indicate that self-control is related to each outcome, but that other risk factors are also uniquely related to each outcome. The implications of this study for theory and future research are addressed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex R. Piquero
    • 1
    • 6
    Email author
  • John MacDonald
    • 2
  • Adam Dobrin
    • 3
  • Leah E. Daigle
    • 4
  • Francis T. Cullen
    • 5
  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA
  2. 2.Rand CorporationUSA
  3. 3.Florida Atlantic UniversityUSA
  4. 4.University of North TexasUSA
  5. 5.University of CincinnatiUSA
  6. 6.Department of Criminology, Law and SocietyUniversity of FloridaGainesville

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