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Rostami, Amir
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Sturup, J., Rostami, A., Mondani, H., Gerell, M., Sarnecki, J. & Edling, C. (2018). Increased Gun Violence Among Young Males in Sweden: a Descriptive National Survey and International Comparison. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Increased Gun Violence Among Young Males in Sweden: a Descriptive National Survey and International Comparison
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2018 (English)In: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research, ISSN 0928-1371, E-ISSN 1572-9869Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This population-based time-trend study examines gun violence rates among males in Sweden during the years 1996 to 2015 and compares the rate in Sweden to other Western European countries. Data were collected from six registries and are presented descriptively per 100,000 inhabitants. The risks among males in Sweden increased considerably in both lethal and non-lethal gun victimization and perpetration. Among males aged 15 to 29 there was a five-fold increase in risk for victimization in lethal and non-lethal gun violence during the 20-year observation period. In a comparative perspective the rate of gun homicide victimization among males 15 to 29 years was higher in Sweden compared to other Western European countries, while the risk for males over age 30 was at an average level. Based on the results of this study we conclude that gun violence among young males in Sweden has been on the rise and is at a high level compared to other Western European countries. The development of gun violence in Sweden can be characterized as endemic, prevalent in both population and socially vulnerable areas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Netherlands, 2018
Keywords
Attempted homicide, Firearms, Guns, Homicide, Hospitalization
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Other Social Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26785 (URN)10.1007/s10610-018-9387-0 (DOI)2-s2.0-85046409495 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2018-06-05Bibliographically approved
Rostami, A. (2017). Street-gang violence in Sweden is a growing concern. Sociologisk forskning, 54(4), 365-368
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2017 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 54, no 4, p. 365-368Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the past 30 years, Sweden has witnessed a growth in criminal gangs. Gun violence among young males is also on the rise and have only recently gained wide political attention. Street gangs and gun violence are two prevalent, partially overlapping phenomena that constitute social challenges. Empirically supported legal, policy and practical frameworks are needed in order to reduce the prevalence of gangs and gang violence in Sweden. The first step is to recognize that gangs and gang violence are an emerging societal problem and to identify its root causes, organizational dimensions, and operational patterns. In this note, Swedish street gangs and gang violence are briefly discussed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sveriges Sociologförbund, 2017
Keywords
Street gangs, gun violence, crime prevention, Sociology, Sociologi
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26088 (URN)000419291200019 ()2-s2.0-85041028782 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved
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