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

NCJ Number
254041
Date Published
2019
Length
21 pages
Author(s)
James Silver; John Horgan
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Publication Type
Research (Applied/Empirical), Report (Study/Research), Report (Grant Sponsored), Program/Project Description
Grant Number(s)
2013-ZA-BX-0002
Annotation
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.
Abstract
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 Created: July 20, 2021