Self-reported copycat crime among a population of serious and violent juvenile offenders
Abbreviated Journal Title
VIDEO GAMES; AGGRESSION; Criminology & Penology
A unique population of juveniles, serious and violent juvenile offenders (SVJOs), has emerged as a public concern. A corollary concern is the effect of the mass media on juveniles. Addressing both issues, an exploratory study of copycat crime and the media's role in copycat crime's generation among a sample of SVJOs is conducted. The study's goals are to measure the prevalence of self-reported copycat crime in SVJOs and examine the correlates of self-reported copycat criminal behaviors. Concerning prevalence, about one fourth of the juveniles reported that they have attempted a copycat crime. The correlates of copycat behavior include a set of media and peer-related attitudes. Academic and demographic characteristics are not found to significantly relate to copycat crime. Additional research on specific media, such as video games, as well is offender/nonoffender comparisons is suggested.
Crime & Delinquency
"Self-reported copycat crime among a population of serious and violent juvenile offenders" (2002). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 3498.