Prospective Comparison of Homicide Offenders and Victims

David P. Farrington, University of Cambridge
Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Doni Lynn Homish, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Rebecca Stallings, University of Pittsburgh

In the PYS, 30 males have been convicted of homicide and 28 hgave been victims of homicide. This paper investigates how dimilar or different these two groups were when first assessed, long before the homicides occurred. The two groups are compared on behavioral factors (e.g. conduct disorder, psychopathy, cruel to people, suspended from school), individual factors (e.g. hyperactivity, attention deficit, low guilt, low achievement), family factors (e.g. young mother, poor parental supervision, mother's physical punishment, unhappy parents, large family size, broken family), socioeconomic factors (e.g. low SES, family on welfare, unemployed parent), peer delinquency, and bad neighborhood.

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