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Shared Struggles? Cumulative Strain Theory and Public Mass Murderers From 1990 to 2014

NCJ Number
Homicide Studies Volume: 23 Issue: 1 Dated: 2019 Pages: 64-84
Date Published
21 pages
Since scholars have urged a shift in research on mass murder from the creation of typologies to theoretically rich, data-driven comparative examinations of the phenomenon, this study aimed to make this change in two steps.

First, it analyzed a unique sample of public mass murderers through the multistage explanatory model of cumulative strain theory. Second, it used a comparison group of similarly violent offenderslone actor terroriststo provide context to the findings. The results demonstrate that cumulative strain theory usefully describes the trajectory toward violence of public mass murderers, more so when a concept implicit in the theorygrievanceis made explicit. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2019