Dr. Cavanagh's latest article, Implications of youths’ perceptions of police bias and the code of the street for violent offending, was recently published in Psychology of Violence. Youth who were arrested for the first time were interviewed longitudinally to test whether perceptions of police bias and the Code of the Street mediate the association between exposure to violence and violent offending. The results indicated that exposure to violence is directly associated with violent offending, yet its effect also operates secondarily through the Code of the Street. Overall, the mechanisms explaining why violence exposure may lead to violence perpetration appear to be wide-ranging and not uniformly explained by a single characteristic like perceptions of the police or the Code of the Street.
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