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Social Anatomy of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Violence

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Sampson, R.J., Jeffrey Morenoff, and Stephen W. Raudenbush. 2005. "Social Anatomy of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Violence." American Journal of Public Health, 95(2): 224-232.

Sampson et al analyze the key individual, family, and neighborhood factors to assess competing hypotheses regarding racial/ethnic gaps in perpetrating violence. From 1995 to 2002, they collected 3 waves of data on 2974 participants aged 18 to 25 years living in 180 Chicago neighborhoods, augmented by a separate community survey of 8782 Chicago residents. Results suggest that the odds of perpetrating violence were 85% higher for Blacks compared with Whites, whereas Latino-perpetrated violence was 10% lower.

DOI:10.2105/AJPH.2004.037705. (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC1449156. (Pub Med Central)

Country of focus: United States.

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