Firearm Violence Exposure and Serious Violent Behavior

Science  27 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5726, pp. 1323-1326
DOI: 10.1126/science.1110096

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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.

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