Child Homicide in Cross-National Perspective

Gwen Hunnicutt, University of New Mexico

This presentation will concern child homicide victimization as it varies across gender, age, geographic area, and time. The causes of child homicide victimization may differ from that of adult homicide victimization. Also, homicide victimization may vary by gender as well as age. Finally, the etiology of homicide may be different given distinct age categories: infancy, early childhood, teen years. Using a framework from developmental victimology, the key objective of this study is to address theoretically and empirically how homicide victimization rates vary by age. The idea here is that the risk of victimization changes along with different phases in childhood. These age-specific homicide victimization patterns are also delineated by gender and are considered across nations. Building on the works of others, a theoretical model is offered that is an amalgamation of previous empirical and theoretical works. This theory building is premised on the notion there must be a theoretical acknowledgement of the ways in which victimization varies in certain patterned ways as children pass through stages of the life cycle. Results from several multivariate, time-series models are reported.

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