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Citation

Harris JM, Harris RB. Am. J. Public Health 2012; 102(6): 1054-1057.

Affiliation

John M. Harris Jr is with Medical Directions, Inc., Tucson, AZ, and the College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson. Robin B. Harris is with the College of Public Health, University of Arizona.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, American Public Health Association)

DOI

10.2105/AJPH.2011.300545

PMID

22515868

Abstract

Tragedies such as school shootings and the assault on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords share features that define them as acts of "rampage violence." These types of events can lead to despair about their inevitability and unpredictability. To understand and prevent rampage violence, we need to acknowledge that current discipline-based violence research is not well suited to this specific challenge. There are numerous important, unanswered research questions that can inform policies designed to prevent rampage violence. It is time to develop alternative research approaches to reduce the risk of rampage violence. Such approaches should incorporate transdisciplinary research models; flexible, outcomes-focused organizational structures similar to those used to investigate other catastrophic events; and an expanded inventory of analytic tools. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print April 19, 2012: e1-e4. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2011.300545).


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