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Violence Is a Curvilinear Function of Temperature in Dallas: A Replication (ICPSR 1274)
Principal Investigator(s): Rotton, James, Florida International University Miami; Cohn, Ellen G., Florida International University Miami
Data on weather and aggravated assaults were obtained to determine whether the curvilinear relationship between temperature and violence previously observed in Minneapolis, Minnesota (E.G. Cohn and J. Rotton, 1997), could be replicated. The data consisted of calls for services received by police in Dallas between January 1, 1994, and December 31, 1995. Controlling for holidays, school closings, time of day, day of the week, season of the year, and their interactions, moderator-variable autoregression analyses indicated that assaults were an inverted U-shaped function of temperature. Replicating past research, the curvilinear relationship was dominant during daylight hours and spring months, whereas linear relationships were observed during nighttime hours and other seasons. The results are interpreted in terms of routine activity theory and the negative affect escape model of aggression.
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Rotton, James, and Ellen G. Cohn. Violence Is a Curvilinear Function of Temperature in Dallas: A Replication. ICPSR01274-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003-02-28. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01274.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01274.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: aggravated assault, crime patterns, crime prediction, violent crime, violent crime statistics
Geographic Coverage: Dallas, Texas, United States
Data Collection Notes:
Files submitted are dallass.por, and SPSS portable file, and dallass.txt, which describes the contents of the data file. These data are part of ICPSR's Publication-Related Archive and are distributed exactly as they arrived from the data depositor. ICPSR has not checked or processed this material. Users should consult the investigators if further information is desired.
Original ICPSR Release: 2003-02-28
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