May, David C.
About the author: David C. may is an Assistant Professor and Criminal Justice program director in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne. He has published numerous articles in the areas of causes of juvenile delinquency, tolerance of nonconformist behavior, and adolescent fear of crime.2001 0-7734-7367-X
This volume serves as an exploratory effort to understand the causes of adolescent fear and its subsequent association with defensive and aggressive behaviors. Responses from a sample of 318 incarcerated male adolescents in a Midwestern state are used to test the ‘fear of criminal victimization’ hypothesis in an attempt to explain subsequent gang membership, weapons possession, and juvenile violent activity. The results suggest a social milieu characterized by neighborhood incivility and victimization experiences which leads male youth to engage in defensive behaviors as a response to fear. This research offers an innovative explanation of violent delinquency that might be used to guide further research in this area.