Date of Paper

5-2016

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Lisa R. Kiesel

Department/School

Master of Social Work

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to establish whether professionals believe there is a way to predict large-scale aggressions, not related to gang affiliation, based on identifiable factors. Through the use of a semi-structured interview, 6 professionals gave personal opinions about identifying factors. The professionals each had more than 5 years of direct contact with people ages 15-25, within their individual fields. Common themes between the interviews were: individual factors, societal factors, interventions, and training. In general, the responses were optimistic about the potential to decrease large-scale violence, but were not certain about whether or not predictive factors existed. The results emphasized the importance of further exploration into predictive factors and training techniques.

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