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NCJ Number: 165955 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Homicide: Towards Assessment of Risk
Journal: Journal of Adolescence  Volume:19  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1996)  Pages:263-276
Author(s): P J Hardwick; M A Rowton-Lee
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 14
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: In response to concern about recent murders committed by children and adolescents and about the detection and management of dangerous young people, the authors review the mental health literature relevant to homicidal children and adolescents.
Abstract: Research on background and situational factors relevant to risk indicates that homicidal young people do not differ substantially from other aggressive young people. Background factors include witnessing serious violence, both live and in movies and television shows, as well as abuse, neglect, and deprivation. Such factors can contribute to a morbid identity and a cognitive set that make murder possible in certain situations. Other background factors include learning difficulties and impulse control problems. Situational factors involve environmental stresses, alcohol and substance abuse, and weapon availability. Possible factors to consider in predicting which young people are most likely to commit murder encompass threats, anger control, and cognitive factors. Factors related to assessing homicidal risk need to be incorporated in appropriate assessment and management strategies of child and adolescent mental health services. 46 references and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Juvenile murderers
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Children at risk; Homicide causes; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile mental health services; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent juvenile offenders
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