The Prediction of Young Homicide and Violent Offenders

Lia Ahonen, Rolf Loeber, Dustin Pardini

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    Aim was to investigate a range of potentially modifiable risk factors for boys in late childhood for later violence and homicide convictions. Boys from the Pittsburgh Youth Study (N = 1,517) were measured through self-reports and official records in late childhood (ages 11–13) on a large number of potentially modifiable risk factors, and were followed up in juvenile and adult criminal records in terms of violence and homicide. Predictors of conviction for homicide largely overlapped with predictors of conviction for violence. Twenty three out of 28 possible risk factors significantly predicted later violence convictions. Regression analysis identified four significant modifiable risk factors in late childhood for any violent offenders: physical abuse, parental stress, bad friends and low school motivation. The higher the number of early risk factors, the higher the probability of later conviction for violent offenses including homicide. The discussion focus on single-, and multi-modal interventions in late childhood to reduce later violence and possibly homicide.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    JournalJustice Quarterly
    StateAccepted/In press - Sep 24 2015


    • homicide
    • intervention
    • modifiable risk factor
    • offender
    • violence

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Law
    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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