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NCJ Number: 126361 Find in a Library
Title: Trends in Canadian Youth Homicide: Some Unanticipated Consequences of a Change in the Law
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:4  Dated:(October 1990)  Pages:651-656
Author(s): R A Silverman
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Recent trends in Canadian Youth homicide are examined using definitions of youth derived from the legislation which delimits "young offenders in conflict with the law" on the one hand and a chronological definition of youth on the other.
Abstract: The two definitions produce different trend lines. The legal definition reveals a 300 percent rise in youth perpetrated homicide in recent years while the chronological definition indicates a declining trend. The definition used results in dissimilar conclusions about youth homicide that would in turn lead to differing interventions. Methodological and substantive issues concerning the meaning of the trend lines are discussed as are the implications for observations about youth violence in general. 2 charts, 3 notes, and 8 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile murderers; Juvenile offender classification
Index Term(s): Homicide trends; Juvenile offender statistics; Youthful offenders
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