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Cross-National Determinants of Child Homicide

Robert Fiala and Gary LaFree
American Sociological Review
Vol. 53, No. 3 (Jun., 1988), pp. 432-445
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2095650
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

This paper uses cross-national data on child homicide to develop a societal-level model of child abuse. Analysis of hypotheses emerging from four perspectives on abuse suggests that a focus on economic stress is most useful in explaining cross-national variation in child homicide in developed countries. High levels of female labor-force participation, coupled with low levels of female status and welfare spending, result in high child-homicide rates. No perspective provides hypotheses able to explain cross-national variation in child homicide in less-developed countries. The limitations of the present study are noted and avenues for future empirical and theoretical work are discussed.

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