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Child Murder: A Re-examination of Durkheim's Theory of Homicide

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2013
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The current study examines county-level characteristics and their impact on child homicide. This work uses Durkheimian theory and tests the concept of solidarity by using variables that constitute integration and regulation. In addition, some variables are drawn from other theoretical perspectives, mainly social disorganization and anomie theories, to better explore additional macro-level indicators. Data were obtained from multiple locations. Homicide data for children, from birth through five years, utilized in this work came from the National Incident-Based Reporting System. County level socio-demographics were obtained from the Census. Political party affiliation (Republican or Democrat) came from Politico, and religious data were collected by InfoGroup and organized into groups by the Association of Religion Data Archives. This study aims to increase our understanding of how macro-level contextual and situational factors may help guide policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and any other individuals who are concerned with areas where there are varying degrees of risk for child homicide.
Title: Child Murder: A Re-examination of Durkheim's Theory of Homicide.
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Name(s): Tetzlaff, Melissa, Author
Huff-Corzine, Lin, Committee Chair
Corzine, Harold, Committee CoChair
Mustaine, Elizabeth, Committee Member
Jarvis, John, Committee Member
, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The current study examines county-level characteristics and their impact on child homicide. This work uses Durkheimian theory and tests the concept of solidarity by using variables that constitute integration and regulation. In addition, some variables are drawn from other theoretical perspectives, mainly social disorganization and anomie theories, to better explore additional macro-level indicators. Data were obtained from multiple locations. Homicide data for children, from birth through five years, utilized in this work came from the National Incident-Based Reporting System. County level socio-demographics were obtained from the Census. Political party affiliation (Republican or Democrat) came from Politico, and religious data were collected by InfoGroup and organized into groups by the Association of Religion Data Archives. This study aims to increase our understanding of how macro-level contextual and situational factors may help guide policy makers, law enforcement personnel, and any other individuals who are concerned with areas where there are varying degrees of risk for child homicide.
Identifier: CFE0004945 (IID), ucf:49615 (fedora)
Note(s): 2013-08-01
Ph.D.
Sciences, Sociology
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Child murder -- neonaticide -- infanticide -- filicide -- Durkheim -- macro-level perspective
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0004945
Restrictions on Access: public 2013-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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