skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 155477 Find in a Library
Title: Cross-National Variation in Homicides: The Case of Latin America
Journal: International Criminal Justice Review  Volume:4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:4-22
Author(s): J L Neapolitan
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 19
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study includes the Latin American geographic region as a dummy variable in models that include other variables thought to explain cross-national variation in homicides.
Abstract: Homicide rates were obtained from the World Health Organization, the United Nations, and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) for the period between 1986 and 1990. The results of the analysis consistently showed that the nations of Latin American share high to very high homicide rates and that this variance is not explained by differences from other nations in national characteristics previously shown to explain variation in homicides. The Latin American nations share a common history and heritage that has probably contributed to their having cultural values conducive to violence. While the homicide rates could also be attributed to the region's political turmoil, many Latin American countries that have enjoyed long periods of political stability also have high homicide rates. 7 tables, 6 notes, and 53 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Cultural influences; Homicide trends; Latin America; Statistics
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.