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Conducting Criminological Research in a Hospital: The Results of Two Exploratory Studies and Implications for Prevention

NCJ Number
Justice Research and Policy Volume: 9 Issue: 1 Dated: Spring 2007 Pages: 75-94
Connie Hassett-Walker; Douglas J. Boyle
Date Published
20 pages
Results are presented from two exploratory studies on intentional assault injury using hospital data.
This article discusses the results of two exploratory studies using hospital data on intentional assault injury. Study #1 was a 2-year gunshot wound (GSW) surveillance effort (N = 920). A map of the EMS dispatch addresses revealed that certain neighborhoods were "hotspots" for gun violence. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed that poverty, vacant housing and rental housing were significant predictors of a neighborhood's GSW rate. Study #2 involved interviews with assaulted patients (N = 30). More than half of the sample had been incarcerated, which is striking considering their young age (i.e., 21 years old and younger). Prevention implications of both studies are discussed. (Published Abstract) References