Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name


Department (Legacy)

Department of Justice Administration

Committee Chair

Higgins, George Edward

Author's Keywords



Students--Crimes against; School violence


Violent victimization of students within the school environment has become a major issue to our school systems, administrators, teachers, and students. Despite this high rate of violent victimization, little is known about the individual predictors and whether they operate similarly for males and females. The present study utilizes an 8th grade student sample to determine the predictive ability of self-control, deviant peer associations, age, sex, and race on violent school victimization. In addition, each of these items will have their predictive ability tested on males and females separately to examine whether the items are equally effective across biological sex. Findings indicate that self-control, deviant peer associations, age, and race are significant predictors of violent victimization in the general model. The sex-specific models showed that only self-control and deviant peer associations were significant across sex. Policy implications for schools are addressed.