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NCJ Number: NCJ 241637     Find in a Library
Title: Measurement of Sibling Violence: A Two-Factor Model of Severity
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Author(s): Roxanne Khan ; David J. Cooke
  Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:40  Issue:1  Dated:January 2013  Pages:26 to 39
Date Published: 01/2013
Page Count: 14
  Annotation: The measurement of violence is a major challenge in aggression research.
Abstract: The measurement of violence is a major challenge in aggression research. Because of the heterogeneous nature of violent behavior, problems arise when applying blanket measures to inherently distinct subtypes of aggression. Incidents of intersibling violence (ISV) exacerbate these problems because siblinghood represents a unique offender–victim situation. This research explored whether an existing two-factor model for severe violence found in a sample of 250 adult offenders (age M = 26.8, SD = 5.9) could be generalized to deliberate severe ISV in a sample of 111 young offenders (age M = 14.83, SD = 1.45). Exploratory factor analysis revealed a two-factor model encompassing severe ISV perpetration with weapon use (Factor 1) and severe ISV perpetration without weapon use (Factor 2). The results provide strong empirical support for the two-factor model of violence severity previously established with adult offenders. This analysis demonstrates construct validity of the severity measures among the different types of offenders studied and provides support for generalization across populations. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Young adult offenders
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research ; Weapons ; Victimization ; Family offenses ; Victim-offender relationships ; Aggression ; Sibling influences on behavior
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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