Neighborhood Structure and Homicide Trends: An Analysis of Differing Types of Homicide

Charis Kubrin, George Washington University
Jerald R. Herting, University of Washington

ABSTRACT
This research examines the relationship between neighborhood structure and trends of various types of homicide using 14 years of sequential data. Latent class analysis is used to differentiate categories of homicide that vary along a number of dimensions. Hierarchical growth-curve modeling is used to determine first, the extent to which the trends of the different types of homicide vary, and second, whether the same neighborhood factors associated with changes in one type of homicide are associated with changes in the other homicide categories. The findings reveal that despite similar trends in the homicide types, the neighborhood factors that significantly influence the rate of change in homicide level depend upon the type of homicide under consideration.

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