Synopses & Reviews
Violence by and against youth continues to be one of the most challenging subjects facing criminologists. In this comprehensive and integrated analysis of the interrelationships of youth violence, violent victimization, and gang membership, Finn-Aage Esbensen, Dana Peterson, Terrance J. Taylor and Adrienne Freng seek to understand what causes youth violence and what can be done about it. Using the results from an inclusive study they conducted of eighth-graders in eleven American cities, the authors examine how the nature, etiology, and intersections of youth violence are structured by both sex and race/ethnicity.
Youth Violence is pertinent to juvenile justice policy considerations. The authors frame their discussion within the public health perspective, focusing on risk factors associated with violent behavior. The findings address prevalence and incidence, as well as the demographic correlates and cumulative effects of the risk factors associated with engagement in violence. Ultimately, the theories and research methodologies here are essential for understanding the dynamics of youth violence.
About the Author
Finn-Aage Esbensen is the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Dana Peterson, is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany.
Terrance J. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Adrienne Freng is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Wyoming.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables
PART I: Understanding Youth Violence
2. Conceptual Framework
3. Research Design and Methodological Issues
PART II: Types of Youth Violence
4. Youth Violence
5. Gang Membership
6. Violent Victimization
7. The Co-occurrence of Violence and the Cumulative Effect of Multiple Risk Factors
PART III: Understanding and Responding to Youth Violence
8. Putting It All Together: A Theoretical Framework
9. Responding to Youth Violence
Appendix: Demographic and Risk Factor Measures