Social structure and family homicides

Chelsea Diem, Jesenia M. Pizarro

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To date, few studies have analyzed the relationship that economic deprivation and social disorganization have with disaggregated family homicide types. This study utilized data from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports from years 2000-2007 in order to explore the effect social structural variables have on rates of family homicides-specifically, intimate partner, filicide, parricide, and siblicide. Cities with more than 100,000 residents were analyzed using ordinary least squares regression. Findings showed that economic deprivation had a significant and positive relationship with all types of disaggregated family homicides, but were stronger for intimate partner homicides and filicides. Social disorganization, however, showed a negative relationship with these types of homicides. Our study provides a basis for possible policy implications, such as economically based institutions to help those in need before financial strain reaches a point of violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)521-532
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Filicide
  • Intimate partner homicides
  • Parricide
  • Siblicide
  • Social structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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