Melissa L. Ricketts

Melissa L. Ricketts
Shippensburg University · Department of Criminal Justice

PhD

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Introduction
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August 2007 - present
Shippensburg University
Position
  • Associate Professor & Chair

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Publications (39)
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Binge drinking is still an issue among adolescents. The current study applies the theories of low self-control, social learning theory, and social bond theory to adolescent binge drinking. The data for this study comes from the 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey form two that is a nationally representative sample. The study found support for low sel...
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Social media has become an intricate part of daily life. Posting, tweeting, and chatting have become common practices since the birth of the social network. This technological revolution has altered the way we interact and communicate in fundamental ways. Consequently, a cultural shift has accompanied this change, with notions such as etiquette and...
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Social media has become an intricate part of daily life. Posting, tweeting, and chatting have become common practices since the birth of the social network. This technological revolution has altered the way we interact and communicate in fundamental ways. Consequently, a cultural shift has accompanied this change, with notions such as etiquette and...
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Cyberstalking, or the use of technology to harass and threaten others, is an area of scientific research that is still largely in its infancy. As such, there remains an on-going debate whether cyberstalking emerged as a new form of deviant behavior with the advancement of technology or whether these online behaviors are simply extensions of offline...
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Purpose – The purpose of the paper is to contribute to the gap in the literature by investigating the identity theft behaviors of adolescents under the age of 18 and the predictors of these behaviors. To better understand the predictors of hacking behaviors in young people, two criminological theories, general theory of crime and social learning th...
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An estimated 1.6 million adolescents use cocaine on a regular basis. Social learning theory and self-control theory are regularly used to explain adolescent substance use, but few studies have examined Hirschi’s (2004) revised self-control theory. This study examines the efficacy of these three theories in explaining adolescent cocaine use using da...
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Criminological examination of substance use is common in the extant literature; however, little research has examined heroin use among adolescents. Recent trends in drug use indicate a rise of heroin among adolescents indicating a need to provide theoretical explanations of this phenomenon. This study examines the efficacy of social learning theory...
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The present exploratory study sought to address a gap in the current literature on problematic Internet use by investigating the relationship between Internet addiction and digital piracy. The main research question guiding this study was whether IA was correlated with digital piracy. The expectation was that IA would indeed be correlated with digi...
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The purpose of the present study is to contribute to the gap in the literature by investigating the sexting behaviors of adolescents under the age of 18 and how these behaviors are related to internet related problems. Using data collected from high school students in a rural county in western North Carolina, results indicated that deviant peer ass...
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The purpose of the present study is to contribute to the gap in the literature by investigating the hacking behaviors of adolescents under the age of 18 and the predictors of these behaviors. In order to better understand the predictors of hacking behaviors in young people, we will be utilizing two criminological theories: General Theory of Crime a...
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The purpose of the present study is to examine hallucinogen use using multiple criminological theories. The study uses self-control theory, social learning theory, and problem behavior theory to understand hallucinogen use. Using over 2,000 nationally representative observations from the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey, the results show support f...
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Increased cell phone use among adolescents has created new opportunities for deviance and victimization in recent years. One teenage cell phone−based behavior that has received increased attention from a variety of sources including public health researchers, parents, and law enforcement is “sexting” (i.e., a minor receiving sexually explicit photo...
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The purpose of the present study is to contribute to the gap within the literature by investigating the cyber stalking behaviors of adolescents under the age of 18, and examine the predictors of these behaviors. In order to better understand the predictors of cyber stalking behaviors in young people, we will be utilizing two criminological theories...
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The purpose of this study is to assess the prevalence of sexting among high school students as well as examine the theoretical foundation toward explaining this type of behavior. Specifically, we examined data from a sample of high school students in rural North Carolina to determine if low self-control and deviant peer association are constructs f...
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As usage of the Internet has grown to approximately 657 million users worldwide, criminality online has become more prevalent. Termed “cybercrime,” this form of criminal behavior can occur in several different. While cybercrime in general is fairly new comparably to crimes in the physical realm, one of the most recently recognized forms of cybercri...
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The purpose of the present study is two-fold. First, the present study is designed to provide additional information about the link between off-line and virtual peers and music piracy. Second, the present study provides information about how off-line and virtual peers interact with self-control to understand music piracy. The results of this study...
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Disproportionate minority contact is an important issue in contemporary juvenile justice. Few studies have directly examined the link between race and judicial decision to incarceration. Using official data from Pennsylvania (n = 41,561), this study added to this literature in two ways. This study used propensity score matching to obtain a purer es...
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Cyber bullying is defined as intentional, aggressive behavior toward another person that is performed through electronic means (i.e., computers, cell phones, PDAs) (Hinduja & Patchin 2007, 2008; Reekman & Cannard, 2009). In other words, it is behavior performed on the Internet that is intended to psychologically and emotionally harm someone. The pr...
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Digital piracy is becoming a common criminal behavior. However, criminologists do not have a firm understanding of how self-control, peer association, and neutralization come together to explain digital piracy. Using data from college students' responses to hypothetical scenarios, the present study determines if self-control, peer association, and...
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This article presents a test of the key propositions from self‐control theory. We explore the mediating role of parenting practices (i.e., use of discipline and display of approval) for the link between parental stress via interparental conflict on self‐control development. The results of the study, which are based on self‐reports from a national p...
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Purpose Within social learning theory, nonsocial reinforcement has been hypothesized to have a link with offending. The purpose of the present study was to address two questions: (1) Does nonsocial reinforcement change or remain stable over time? And (2) does nonsocial reinforcement have a reciprocal link with offending, as Wood et al. (1997) would...
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The purpose of this article is to address the gap in the literature investigating law enforcement agencies’ reactions to the growing occurrence of cyber crime, specifically, production of child pornography cases. This study investigated the prevalence of online child pornography production investigations and arrests by law enforcement agencies in t...
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The internet is not a single network, limited to one specific type of information or restrictive of the types of users who can access its information. Conversely, the internet is an intercontinental information highway that has enabled people of all ages to communicate with family and friends with lightning-fast speed, share and collect information...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in online victimization between genders, through variables representing the three constructs of routine activity theory. A survey was administered to 100-level courses at a mid-sized university in the northeast, which questioned respondent on their Internet behaviors and experiences durin...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate Internet usage in a sample of college undergraduates, as well as to consider their experiences with online victimization, through variables representing the three constructs of Routine Activity Theory. A survey was administered to 100-level courses at a mid-sized university in the northeast, which questi...
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The purpose of the present study was to examine the relation between alcohol use and individual differences in the desistance process from criminal behavior during young adulthood. This study used Moffitt's (1993) “snares” hypothesis to posit that alcohol use would slow the desistance process of criminal behavior among African Americans. Using data...
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Primary socialization theory (PST) is a recent advance in the psychological literature to help understand the role of peers in delinquency. The theory posits that family, schools, and personality will influence delinquent behavior through peers. That is, peers have the most important role in socializing for delinquency. Using a subsample (N = 383)...
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Almost all of the extant research examining aggressive activity uses data from student populations. In this study, we extend that literature by examining teacher perceptions of parental aggression in public schools in Kentucky. Using data from a sample of 5,971 public school teachers, we determine that parental aggression directed at public school...
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In this study, we examine the explanation of the nonmedical use of prescription drugs. We test the comparative utility of two theories of drug use (i.e., social learning theory and self-control theory) on the nonmedical use of prescription drug use. Our contribution to social learning theory is the use of an understudied part of the theory—nonsocia...
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College student use of the internet for online social networking purposes is increasing in popularity. Facebook is a social networking website used by college students, with estimates of over 7.5 million users spanning over 2,000 colleges and universities. Unfortunately, Facebook users can encounter some detrimental consequences, including fear of...
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Purpose Identity theft is an emerging form of criminal behavior, with complaints about the behavior rising. However, little research has explored the correlates of these complaints, especially state‐level correlates. The purpose of this paper is to examine the state‐level characteristics correlated with identity theft complaints. Design/methodolog...
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The rates of digital piracy appear to be increasing, suggesting that additional research that uses new approaches is necessary to evaluate the problem. Using data from undergraduate students (n = 353), the present study explores actual digital piracy and the intention to perform piracy using latent class analysis, develops profiles of these individ...
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There are continuing efforts to include student perception research in the field of criminal justice and criminology; few studies have addressed the nonmedical use of prescription drugs. Using data from 389 students enrolled at a Southeastern university, this study compares the perceptions of the nonmedical use of prescription drugs between crimina...
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Since the 1990s, schools have focused their attention on policies designed to improve school safety. Most researches on school violence policies have concentrated on the needs of students and administrators. This study investigated the impact of school violence policies on K-l 2 teachers' fear. Using self-report data from 447 K-12 teachers from a l...
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Although the literature examining Gottfredson and Hirschi's theory is growing, an understudied area of inquiry concerns the role that race plays in the theory. Thus, this study examines the role that race plays in self-control theory. Using a random sample of juveniles from the Gang Resistance and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) evaluation, the findings show...
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The roles of freedom (i.e., negative motivation) and opportunity are unclear in self-control theory. This study used self-report responses from undergraduates (n=317) to take a modest step in examining the role that freedom and opportunity play in self -control theory. Specifically, this study examined the mediating and moderating roles of freedom...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 230-243).

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