Patterns of victimization between and within peer clusters in a high school social network

Kristin Swartz, Bradford W. Reyns, Pamela Wilcox, Jessica R. Dunham

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Abstract

This study presents a descriptive analysis of patterns of violent victimization between and within the various cohesive clusters of peers comprising a sample of more than 500 9th-12th grade students from one high school. Social network analysis techniques provide a visualization of the overall friendship network structure and allow for the examination of variation in victimization across the various peer clusters within the larger network. Social relationships among clusters wi h varying levels of victimization are also illustrated so as to provide a sense of possible spatial clustering or diffusion of victimization across proximal peer clusters. Additionally, to provide a sense of the sorts of peer clusters that support(or do not support) victimization, characteristics of clusters at both the high and low ends of the victimization scale are discussed. Finally, several of the peer clusters at both the high and low ends of the victimization continuum are "unpacked," allowing examination of within-network individual-level differences in victimization for these select clusters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)710-729
Number of pages20
JournalViolence and victims
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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