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Title: Smartphone Addiction and Cybercrime Victimization in the Context of Lifestyles Routine Activities and Self-Control Theories: The User's Dual Vulnerability Model of Cybercrime Victimization
Author: Herrero Olaizola, Juan
Torres, Andrea
Vivas i Elias, Pep
Hidalgo, Antonio
Rodriguez, Francisco J.
Urueña, Alberto
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Universidad de Oviedo
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Keywords: cybercrime victimization
lifestyle-routine activities theory
self-control theory
smartphone addiction
national sample
dual vulnerabilities model of cybercrime victimization
Issue Date: 1-Apr-2021
Publisher: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Citation: Herrero, J., Torres, A., Vivas, P., Hidalgo, A., Rodríguez, F. J., & Urueña, A. (2021). Smartphone Addiction and Cybercrime Victimization in the Context of Lifestyles Routine Activities and Self-Control Theories: The User's Dual Vulnerability Model of Cybercrime Victimization. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(7), 3763. doi:10.3390/ijerph18073763
Abstract: (1) Background: This paper combines lifestyle-routine activities (L-RAT) and self-control (SCT) theories along with the literature on smartphone addiction in a joint model that addresses the multiple vulnerabilities that make the smartphone user a potential victim of cybercrime. This model, which we call the dual vulnerability model of cybercrime victimization, was subjected to empirical testing on a nationally representative sample of smartphone users. (2) Methods: Data from 2837 participants from a nationally representative sample of Spanish smartphone users were modeled using Mplus causal modeling software. (3) Results: The results of the study confirm the predictions of L-RAT and SCT in explaining cybercrime victimization (higher cybercrime victimization under conditions of high exposure, proximity, and suitability, relative absence of capable guardian, and low self-control). A significant effect of smartphone addiction on cybercrime victimization was also observed above and beyond L-RAT and SCT predictors. (4) Conclusions: The potential victim of cybercrime presents a double vulnerability, on the one hand, those identified by criminological theories such as L-RAT and SCT, and on the other hand, those derived from the deregulated-addicted use of the Internet access device (smartphone in our work).
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/137127
ISSN: 1660-4601MIAR
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