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Title: SEASONAL TRENDS IN SCHOOL VIOLENCE.

Authors: Adams, Julie

Source: Psychology Today; Mar/Apr2002, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p28, 1/2p, 1c

Document Type: Article

Subject Terms: *JUVENILE delinquency

*SCHOOL violence

Geographic Terms: UNITED States

Abstract: Focuses on the results of a study in the U.S. on the distinct seasonal variations in school homicides and suicides nationwide. Number of cases identified between 1994 and 1999; Number of homicide cases identified between 1994 and 1999; Percentage of school homicides which involved multiple victims.

Full Text Word Count: 270

ISSN: 0033-3107

Accession Number: 6208469

Persistent link to this record: http://search.epnet.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=afh&an=6208469

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Section: (Education) + (Brain) Insights

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SEASONAL TRENDS IN SCHOOL VIOLENCE

WE MAY NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT triggered school shootings in the now-infamous towns of Columbine, Paducah, Springfield and Jonesboro. But a large-scale study found distinct seasonal variations in school homicides and suicides nationwide.

"Homicides peak at the beginning of each semester and taper off. Suicides are higher in the spring," says Mark Anderson, M.D., of the national center for injury prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The beginning of a semester can be stressful and tense for students, explains Anderson. They forge new relationships with peers and teachers, and may carry grudges from holiday breaks. "Spring is a fairly intense time of year, with events like prom, graduation, grades and finals," says Anderson.

The findings were compiled from police and media reports on all school-related violent deaths between 1994 and 1999. Anderson's team identified 220 cases, which included 172 homicides, 30 suicides and 11 homicide-suicides.

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