Does Violence Beget Violent Crime? Is it Potato or Potata? Tomato or Tomata? Or, Should We Call the Whole Thing Off?
Much of the research on the 'abuse breeds violent crime' hypothesis has only examined the existence of abuse rather than the quality of abuse. Data was collected utilizing a retrospective design from a sampling of incarcerated offenders (>N = 719). Each subject was asked a series of questions utilizing the Conflict Tactics Scales. Comparison of chi-square (χ2) values from logistic regression analyses of different measurement models indicated that the more complex measures are stronger in predicting one's likelihood of an arrest for a violent crime. Future analyses can benefit from measuring the quality of abuse rather than its mere existence.
Ball, Jeremy D.. (2005). "Does Violence Beget Violent Crime? Is it Potato or Potata? Tomato or Tomata? Or, Should We Call the Whole Thing Off?". Criminal Justice Studies, 18(2), 183-196. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14786010500157268