Firearm violence exposure and serious violent behavior

Science. 2005 May 27;308(5726):1323-6. doi: 10.1126/science.1110096.


To estimate the cause-effect relationship between exposure to firearm violence and subsequent perpetration of serious violence, we applied the analytic method of propensity stratification to longitudinal data on adolescents residing in Chicago, Illinois. Results indicate that exposure to firearm violence approximately doubles the probability that an adolescent will perpetrate serious violence over the subsequent 2 years.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Bias
  • Chicago
  • Crime
  • Demography
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Firearms*
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Likelihood Functions
  • Logistic Models
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Probability
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Social Environment
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Temperament
  • Violence*