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Person or Place? A Contextual, Event History Analysis of Homicide Victimization Risk

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May 2019
21 pages
Findings and methodology are reported for a contextual event-history analysis of homicide victimization risk in the United States, with attention to risk factors for homicide victimization at individual and neighborhood levels.
Study data were collected and analyzed from the National Health Interview Survey (2004-2012), the National Death Index, and the American Community Survey (2005-2009, 2008-2012). The findings indicate that Blacks with low income and Blacks in socially disorganized neighborhoods experienced an increased risk for homicide victimization. Also, the risk of being a homicide victim was substantially higher for persons living in the southern and western regions of the United States. These findings may be useful in the development of targeted homicide prevention community programs. A main limitation of this study, however, is the age of the data. Future research should examine more recent homicide data. 6 tables and 24 references

Date Published: May 1, 2019