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Risk Factors for Child and Adolescent Conduct Problems and Youth Crime and Violence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review

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Violence is a major global health issue, and has recently been listed by the United Nations as a priority for the post-2015 international development agenda. Levels of violence, such as homicide rates, are much higher in many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) than in high-income countries (HICs). However, most research on the causes of violence and other types of antisocial behaviour has been conducted in HICs, and reviews of the evidence focus on HICs. This two-part systematic review aims to identify risk factors for childhood conduct problems and disorders, and risk factors for youth crime and violence in LMICs. We would welcome any information about community studies of risk factors in LMICs to add to the review – please email to Yulia Shenderovich () with information. The protocol for the review can be downloaded here.

Investigators: Dr. Joseph Murray (PI), Yulia Shenderovich (Research Assistant), Prof. Manuel Eisner, Dr. Maria Ttofi, Prof. Frances Gardner, Dr. Chris Mikton (Co-Investigators) | Funding: Wellcome Trust | Image: Thomas Leuthard


Selected Publications

  • Ribeaud, Denis, and Manuel Eisner. "Risk Factors for Aggression in Pre-adolescence: Risk Domains, Cumulative Risk and Gender Differences - Results from a Prospective Longitudinal Study in a Multi-ethnic Urban Sample." European Journal of Criminology 7, no. 6 (2010): 460-498.
  • Shenderovich, Y., Eisner, M., Mikton, C., Gardner, F., Liu, J., & Murray, J. "Methods for conducting systematic reviews of risk factors in low-and middle-income countries." BMC medical research methodology 16, no. 32(2016): 119.