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PREDICTING THE VIOLENT OFFENDER:THE DISCRIMINANT VALIDITY OF THE SUBCULTURE OF VIOLENCE

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Abstract:

This study tests the extent to which an adherence to the subculture of violence uniquely predicts a tendency to favor violence or instead predicts a more generalized offending repertoire, of which violence is part. Specifically, we use a unique analytic technique that provides the opportunity to distinguish empirically between the “violent offender” and/or the “frequent offender.” The results suggest that holding values favorable toward violence consistently predicts general offending but do not identify youth who systematically favor violence over nonviolence. This discussion considers the impact of these findings for the continued utility of the subculture of violence perspective.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1745-9125.2011.00235.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Criminology and Criminal JusticeUniversity of Maryland—College Park 2: Department of Criminal JusticeRochester Institute of Technology 3: College of Criminology and Criminal Justice Florida State University 4: Department of SociologyCollege of William and Mary

Publication date: August 1, 2011

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