Motivation, Context, and Violent Offending
This chapter will provide the reasoning for choosing three external factors–poverty, community, and substance use–as worthy of evaluation in the differential etiology of violence. We examine the concept of criminal motivation and link it to the study of poverty and violence. We also explore characteristics of communities that might distinguish those with high rates of violence. Finally, we discuss the special “contextual” problem of alcohol and drug use and proposed causal processes that lead to violent behavior.
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