Rampage violence requires a new type of research

John M. Harris, Robin B. Harris

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1054-1057
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume102
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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