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Ann Emerg Med. 1995 Nov;26(5):609-14.

Victim as offender in youth violence.

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Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Abstract

STUDY OBJECTIVE:

To determine how often adolescent and young adult victims of assaultive injury are offenders in assaults and other crimes.

DESIGN:

Comparison of 10- to 24-year-old males treated in the accident and emergency department for assault-related injuries to similar-aged males treated in the same department for unintentional injuries. Police records were searched on both groups for warnings or convictions.

SETTING:

Accident and emergency department of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

RESULTS:

Assault patients were significantly more likely to be formally warned or convicted, and they had a higher mean number of warnings or convictions per 100 person-years of exposure, than other injury patients. These differences were most pronounced for the younger patients and for the year following the injury.

CONCLUSION:

These results suggest that many young male assault patients either have a history of criminal activity or develop criminal behavior subsequent to their assault and may benefit from appropriate intervention aimed at interrupting the cycle of crime and violence.

PMID:
7486371
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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