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ERIC Number: EJ746728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Dec
Pages: 22
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Effects of Diverse Forms of Family Structure on Female and Male Homicide
Schwartz, Jennifer
Journal of Marriage and Family, v68 n5 p1291-1312 Dec 2006
Utilizing 2000 data on 1,618 counties and seemingly unrelated regression, I assess whether family structure effects on homicide vary across family structure measures and gender. There is evidence of robust, multidimensional family structure effects across constructs reflecting the presence of two-parent families: mother/father absence, shortages of employed men, and nonmarital/teen childbearing. Findings indicate mainly gender similarity in family structural sources of homicide, but subtle gender differences include stronger effects on male homicide patterns and female-specific mediating effects of the care burden on homicide. Further exploration of diverse family constructs is warranted, but, methodologically, father absence is adequate as a control for family structure. Public policies and social programs aimed at strengthening families could lessen violence among both women and men.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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