Juvenile Homicide: Fatal Assault or Lethal Intent?

Juvenile Homicide: Fatal Assault or Lethal Intent?
Raquel Maria Warley
September 2011

ISBN-13:  978-1-59332-480-3 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / xii, 192 pages

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"...a great addition to a course as supplemental literature on male-to-male violence, juvenile violence or violent behavior topics....well structured and organized and will benefit both academics and students....organized in a way that allows the reader to become more familiar with the problem in both a theoretical and conceptual framework." -- Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Review


Warley’s work focuses on male-to-male violent juvenile encounters. Using a multi-perspective framework that encompasses strain theory, social disorganization theory, the subculture of violence thesis, as well as theories of criminal lethality and compulsory masculinity, background characteristics are assessed to delineate structural-cultural factors that dispose adolescent males to violence. Consideration is also given to crime characteristics that differentiate impulsive killing from premeditated homicide. Disentangling weapon instrumentality effect from offenders’ intentionality is a primary concern. Results confirm theoretical predictions and empirical literature regarding male honor contest violence, as well as the independent affect of specific intent to do harm on incident outcome (i.e. aggravated assault vs. homicide) in violent, juvenile male-to-male encounters.

About the Author

Raquel Warley teaches at the School of Social Work at California State University, Los Angeles. She has over 15 years of clinical and research experience with victims and survivors of violence and offenders. She received her B.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College School of Criminal Justice in 1993. Subsequently, she earned a M.A. in criminal justice (John Jay College, 1995), a M.S.W. (Hunter College, 2002), and a M.Ph.(City University of New York, 2006). In May 2009, she completed her doctorate at the City University of New York.

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