Contemporary Homicide Risks among Women of Reproductive Age

Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, Barbara Luke

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Context: Homicide is a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. However, little is known about how risk for homicide differs among women from different racial and ethnic groups. Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the risk of homicide mortality among Hispanic, Black and White females of reproductive age in the United States, and to describe differences between these groups. Methods: A secondary data analysis of deaths certificates collected in the United States from 1999 to 2002 was conducted using descriptive statistics, χ2 analysis, and logistic regressions. Findings: When controlled for education level, marital status, and year, the adjusted odds ratio for homicide mortality among Hispanics (2.6) and Blacks (2.1) were significantly greater than for Whites (1.0). Victim and homicide characteristics also differed across these groups. Conclusions: Minority women are disproportionately at risk for homicide mortality. Homicide prevention programs and policies need to be developed to target the specific risks and unique characteristics of high risk groups in the United States.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-125
Number of pages7
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

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Homicide
homicide
mortality
Hispanic Americans
Mortality
Death Certificates
Group
secondary analysis
Marital Status
descriptive statistics
cause of death
marital status
Ethnic Groups
certification
Cause of Death
ethnic group
data analysis
Logistic Models
logistics
Odds Ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Maternity and Midwifery
  • Health(social science)

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Contemporary Homicide Risks among Women of Reproductive Age. / Gonzalez-Guarda, Rosa; Luke, Barbara.

In: Women's Health Issues, Vol. 19, No. 2, 01.03.2009, p. 119-125.

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Gonzalez-Guarda, Rosa ; Luke, Barbara. / Contemporary Homicide Risks among Women of Reproductive Age. In: Women's Health Issues. 2009 ; Vol. 19, No. 2. pp. 119-125.
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