Issues in cross-cultural studies of interpersonal violence

Violence Vict. Fall 1993;8(3):217-33.


This paper discusses the achievements and promise of cross-cultural studies of interpersonal violence (mainly focusing on homicide). After comparing the methods of cross-cultural and cross-national research, we review some of the special problems of definition and measurement in cross-cultural studies. Then we review the results of such studies and suggest how cross-cultural studies of violence might be improved, both methodologically and theoretically.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Homicide / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Interpersonal Relations*
  • Male
  • Social Values
  • Socialization
  • Violence*