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43 J. Res. Crime & Delinquency 3 (2006)

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Pubertal Development and                                       I 2006 Sage
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Physical Victimization in
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Dana  L. Haynie
The Ohio  State University
Alex  R. Piquero
University of Florida



   Although much research has established a link between pubertal development
   and adolescent involvement in offending, drug use, and other adverse out-
   comes, no research has examined whether puberty is associated with experi-
   ences of violent physical victimization. This is an unfortunate oversight
   because researchers are only beginning to understand the range of adverse out-
   comes associated with puberty-and information on this front bears relevance
   for public health discussions regarding the consequences of pubertal develop-
   ment. Here, the authors use data from Add Health to examine whether puberty
   is associated with victimization and whether the effect of puberty on victimiza-
   tion is moderated by peer context (i.e., the proportion of deviant, opposite-sex,
   and older friends in the peer social network). In addition, the authors examine
   whether these associations operate similarly or dissimilarly for male and
   female adolescents. Findings indicate that among both males and females,
   puberty is associated with victimization net of a series of controls, though the
   effect is stronger among males. Analyses also indicate that for boys, puberty
   has a weaker effect when their friendship network has a higher proportion of
   girls in it. The effect of puberty on victimization was not moderated by peer
   context variables among females. Future theoretical and empirical research
   directions are suggested.

   Keywords:  puberty; victimization; gender; peer networks




S   ocial scientists have recently begun to pay attention to the role that biol-
    ogy plays in human  behavior generally, and in criminal behavior in par-
ticular (see Raine et al. 1997). One biological factor that has been a concerted
focus among   social scientists is puberty. Because puberty generally, and
early puberty  in particular, tends to place adolescents in situations that
demand  social cognitive expertise (e.g., better decision making) or emotion
regulation (e.g., regulating sexual feelings), it is of specific interest to under-


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