Gender Patterns in Youth Homicide Victimization in the United States, 1993-1998

Kimberly A. Vogt, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

This paper examines state-to-state variation in the rates of male and female race-specific youth (12-21) homicide victmization for the time period 1993-1998. Data from the National Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics (death certificates) are used to create gender and race-specific rates for the fifty U.S. states. Social-structural inequality is used as the theoretical framework to explain state-to-state variation in male and female youth homicide victimization. Recent literature assessing changes in the youth homicide victimization rate will be reviewed. This paper will pay particular attention to recent changes in the rate of female youth homicide victimization and the most recent literature that has attempted to explain these changes.

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