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

NCJ Number
252216
Date Published
Author(s)
James Silver, John Horgan, Paul Gill
Agencies
NIJ-Sponsored
Annotation
This study responded to scholars’ urging that research on mass murder shift from the creation of typologies to theoretically rich, data-driven comparative examinations of the phenomenon.
Abstract
This study redressed such calls in two ways. First, it analyzed a unique sample of public mass murderers with the multistage explanatory model of cumulative strain theory. Second, it used a comparison group of similarly violent offenders—lone-actor terrorists—to provide context to the study findings. The results demonstrate that cumulative strain theory usefully describes the trajectory toward violence by public mass murderers, more so when a concept implicit in the theory—grievance—is made explicit. (Publisher abstract modified)
Date Created: December 11, 2018