Date of Paper


Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

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


Social Work

First Advisor

Lisa R. Kiesel


Social Work


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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