Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Sandra J. Foster. Ph.D.


The overall objective of this study was to present the findings of research on different factors that affect youth who commit violent acts or homicide. To attain this objective, the following variables were examined: a) family factors, including abuse, neglect and family history for violence, substance abuse, or psychiatric illness; b) social factors, including community, peers, neighborhood exposure to violence, and school, exposure to the violence in the media, and availability of guns; and c) psychological factors, including anti-social personality disorder, low self-esteem, low frustration tolerance and attention deficit disorder. A descriptive research design was used in the study. A content analysis of articles from journals, books and information provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Offices for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was conducted.

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