Date of Award

Spring 2012

Project Type


Program or Major


Degree Name

Master of Arts

First Advisor

Cesar Rebellon


The current study uses longitudinal data to examine the bi-directional relationship between delinquency and victimization and whether this relationship can be explained by possible mediating variables. Using longitudinal data from schools in four New Hampshire communities, results indicate a bi-directional relationship between victimization and delinquency exists such that reported victimizations are associated with increased future reports of delinquency involvement, and involvement in increased types of delinquency is associated with an increased likelihood of reporting experiences of victimization. Analysis is furthered with an examination of various types of delinquency and how the relationship is mediated by depression, self control, and time spent with peers. Results suggest that depression is an important explanatory variable for the relationship between victimization and future delinquency, and that studying the different types of delinquency as separate constructs may enable a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between juvenile delinquency and victimization.