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Child homicide and community context

Thesis (M.A., Sociology) -- California State University, Sacramento, 2011.

Child homicide, although rare, resonates in all individuals for it threatens the moral and social fabric of the contemporary society. For the last four decades, scholars and social workers have dedicated time and resources to find effective solutions that will eradicate this social phenomenon. Although there are numerous literatures produced about child homicide, very few have focused on the macro-level of the issue, that is, the community context. Using secondary data from the Homicide Reports (SHR), the California Vital Statistics (VS) which provides information on death records, and the 1990 U.S census Bureau for the state of California, this research seeks to understand if and how the environment impact child homicide.

Child homicide, although rare, resonates in all individuals for it threatens the moral and social fabric of the contemporary society. For the last four decades, scholars and social workers have dedicated time and resources to find effective solutions that will eradicate this social phenomenon. Although there are numerous literatures produced about child homicide, very few have focused on the macro-level of the issue, that is, the community context. Using secondary data from the Homicide Reports (SHR), the California Vital Statistics (VS) which provides information on death records, and the 1990 U.S census Bureau for the state of California, this research seeks to understand if and how the environment impact child homicide.

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