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Title: Juveniles Who Murder (From Child Trauma I Issues and Research, P 459-472, 1992, Ann Wolbert Burgess, ed. -- See NCJ-137060)
Author(s): C A Grant; A W Burgess; C R Hartman; A G Burgess; E R Shaw; G MacFarland
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Garland Publishing, Inc.
New York, NY 10003-3304
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 84-JN-K010
Sale Source: Garland Publishing, Inc.
19 Union Square
West Floor 8
New York, NY 10003-3304
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reports on an examination of the records of 85 juveniles who were convicted of murder; offender background and crime scene characteristics are compared.
Abstract: The sample consisted of all juveniles committed to a residential facility for murder between 1978 and 1986 after the enactment of the 1978 New York State Juvenile Offender Act. The murders were classified in one of two categories: criminal enterprise or cause-specific. In the criminal-enterprise category, the offender focuses on the business of crime. The offender intends to obtain some personal gain for an individual or group. When the crime involves a self-intent motive, the classification is cause-specific. These homicides include a host of intentions that are idiosyncratic to the perpetrator. As a total sample, the offenders are male and come from a household of two or more siblings where the dominant caretaker is the mother who does the child rearing alone. There is a high incidence of truancy and delinquency in the group, and there is a relationship between alcohol and drug abuse. These findings support the literature on characteristics of juvenile murderers. The offense classification suggests a split between young males who carry out the violent act independently as opposed to being involved with a codefendant. Those involved in codefendant murder most often are armed with guns and knives and tend to assault male victims. Treatment implications are drawn. 21 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile murderers
Index Term(s): Murder; Offender profiles
Note: This paper is reprinted from the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, Volume 27, Number 12.
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