Violence Is a Curvilinear Function of Temperature in Dallas: A Replication (ICPSR 1274)

Published: Feb 28, 2003 View help for published

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James Rotton, Florida International University Miami; Ellen G. Cohn, Florida International University Miami

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01274.v1

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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.

Rotton, James, and Cohn, Ellen G. Violence Is a Curvilinear Function of Temperature in Dallas: A Replication. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2003-02-28. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR01274.v1

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2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • 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

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