Letters Killings among young people

Poverty, murder, and respect: unlikely to be linked in UK

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a911 (Published 22 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a911
  1. Niyi Awofeso, associate professor
  1. 1School of Public Health, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  1. niyi.awofeso{at}justicehealth.nsw.gov.au

    The first paragraph of Heath’s article raises a controversial issue—that homicides perpetrated by children and young adults from poor UK families are due largely to lack of respect and a need to exact revenge.1 I am not aware of any well regarded study that concurs with this perspective. To take just one example, …

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