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Exploring the Recent Surge in Youth Homicide Rates: Geographic Variations (From Nature of Homicide: Trends and Changes - Proceedings of the 1996 Meeting of the Homicide Research Working Group, Santa Monica, California, P 58-62, 1996, Pamela K Lattimore and Cynthia A Nahabedian, eds. - See NCJ- 16614

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This study was initiated to examine patterns and trends in youth homicide victimization rates in the United States between 1980 and 1992 using data obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Supplemental Homicide Report data files and annual age-specific population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The study focused on homicide victimization rates for young people between 15 and 19 years of age. A mathematical model was used to estimate the homicide rate as a quadratic function of year, and model-estimated values of the homicide rate over time were then employed to define trend characteristics such as the year of onset in the increase and the proportionate increase in the homicide rate since the estimated date of onset. Results showed all States included in the study experienced an increase in the youth homicide victimization rate. There was considerable variability across States, however, in the magnitude of this increase. Further analysis is recommended to explore and describe variations among States and metropolitan areas and to identify sociodemographic, economic, and public policy variables associated with these variations. 3 figures

Date Published: January 1, 1996