Cybercrime victimization among young people: a multi-nation study

DOI: 10.1080/14043858.2015.1046640

Matti Näsi, Atte Oksanen, Teo Keipi & Pekka Räsänen


Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention Volume 16, Issue 2, 2015, pages 203-2010

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This study examines cybercrime victimization, what some of the common characteristics of such crimes are and some of the general predictors of cybercrime victimization among teenagers and young adults. A combined four-country sample (Finland, US, Germany and UK; n = 3,506) is constructed from participants aged between 15 and 30 years old.

According to the findings, online crime victimization is relatively uncommon (aggregate 6.5% of participants were victims). Slander and threat of violence were the most common forms of victimization and sexual harassment the least common. Male gender, younger age, immigrant background, urban residence, not living with parents, unemployment and less active offline social life were significant predictors for cybercrime victimization.

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