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The prediction of young homicide and violent offenders
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden. Life History Studies Program, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, PA, United States. (CAPS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7426-9801
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
University of Arizona, Arizona, USA.
2016 (English)In: Justice quarterly, ISSN 0741-8825, E-ISSN 1745-9109, Vol. 33, no 7, 1265-1291 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim was to investigate a range of potentially modifiable risk factors for boys in late childhood for later violence and homicide convictions. Boys from the Pittsburgh Youth Study (N = 1,517) were measured through self-reports and official records in late childhood (ages 11–13) on a large number of potentially modifiable risk factors, and were followed up in juvenile and adult criminal records in terms of violence and homicide. Predictors of conviction for homicide largely overlapped with predictors of conviction for violence. Twenty three out of 28 possible risk factors significantly predicted later violence convictions. Regression analysis identified four significant modifiable risk factors in late childhood for any violent offenders: physical abuse, parental stress, bad friends and low school motivation. The higher the number of early risk factors, the higher the probability of later conviction for violent offenses including homicide. The discussion focus on single-, and multi-modal interventions in late childhood to reduce later violence and possibly homicide.

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Oxon, United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis Group, 2016. Vol. 33, no 7, 1265-1291 p.
Keyword [en]
Homicide, violence, offender, modifiable risk factor, intervention
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Law and Society
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Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47285DOI: 10.1080/07418825.2015.1081263ISI: 000385533800006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84945217422OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-47285DiVA: diva2:890435
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-01-04 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2016-11-15Bibliographically approved

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