Gunshot Violence Transmitted Through Social Networks

Share this content:
Gunshot Violence Transmitted Through Social Networks
Gunshot Violence Transmitted Through Social Networks

TUESDAY, Jan. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Social contagion accounts for a considerable proportion of gunshot violence episodes, according to a study published online Jan. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Ben Green, from Harvard University in Boston, and colleagues examined the extent to which the people who will become victims of gun violence can be predicted by modeling gun violence as an epidemic during an eight-year period. The authors assessed the spread of gunshot violence over the network of individuals arrested using a probabilistic contagion model that assumed that individuals were subject to risks associated with being arrested together, as well as demographic variables. Participants represented a network of 138,163 individuals, of whom 9,773 were subjects of gun violence.

The researchers found that social contagion accounted for 63.1 percent of the 11,123 episodes of gunshot violence. The best performing models were those based on both social contagion and demographics. When identifying the 1.0 percent of people considered to be at highest risk of being shot each day, the combined model identified 6.5 percent of subjects, compared with 4.3 and 5.3 for the demographics model and the social contagion model, respectively.

"Violence prevention efforts that account for social contagion, in addition to demographics, have the potential to prevent more shootings than efforts that focus on only demographics," the authors write.

Full Text
Editorial

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Trending Activities

All Professions

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

FDA Ad Campaign Hopes to Halt E-Cigarette Use Among Teens

FDA Ad Campaign Hopes to Halt E-Cigarette Use ...

'The Real Cost' Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign to target at-risk youth

U.S. Senate Passes Opioids Bill

U.S. Senate Passes Opioids Bill

Comprehensive bipartisan package earmarks billions of dollars to fight opioid abuse in the United States

Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu Shot Rates

Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu ...

Vaccination rates decrease throughout the day; with intervention, similar increase throughout day

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »