What The Research Says About "Rampage Violence"

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 18:30 in Psychology & Sociology

Studies of "rampage violence" have only been around for about a decade, but researchers are still working hard to understand and prevent it. Here's the current state of the field. It's only been about a decade since psychological research has begun looking at what's increasingly being called "rampage violence," of the type that led to this morning's elementary school shooting in Connecticut as well as this year's shooting in Aurora, CO, and so many more. They are all separate events, but the psychological community has begun to attempt to analyze them as a whole to see if we can better understand why these "rampages" happen--and if there's a way to prevent them. Journalist's Resource rounds up a whole bunch of these studies, which attempt to nail down such specifics as the motivation, the aesthetics, the specific classification, and the attitudes of the shooters in these events. "The ‘Pseudocommando' Mass Murderer: Part I,...

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