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NCJ Number: 120068 Find in a Library
Title: Violent Deaths in the United States
Author(s): P C Holinger
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 274
Sponsoring Agency: Guilford Publications, Inc.
New York, NY 10012
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89862-672-2
Sale Source: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Marketing Manager
72 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines the epidemiology of violent deaths, the extent to which all forms of violent deaths may reflect self-destructive tendencies, and the potential prediction of violent death trends in populations.
Abstract: Three major patterns emerge from the epidemiologic data: (1) a certain proportion of the population is at risk of dying of a violent death, but the type of violent death is dependent on one's age, race, and sex; (2) societal factors, such as economy, war, and population shifts, can account for the upswings and downswings in trends of suicide, homicide, and accidents; and (3) within each specific type of violent death (with the exception of suicide), the age patterns are usually similar regardless of sex and race considerations. Self-destructive tendencies and violent deaths are related, with suicides, homicides, and motor-vehicle accidents, in particular, having epidemiologic patterns that are very similar over time. Consequently, these mortality rates can be predicted for specific age groups on the basis of the population shifts of those groups. 12 tables and figures, 94 references, appendix, index.
Main Term(s): Violent crimes
Index Term(s): Offense characteristics; Violence causes; Violent crime statistics
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