Is violence bad for your health? An assessment of chronic disease outcomes in a nationally representative sample

Jennifer M. Reingle, Wesley G. Jennings, Alex R. Piquero, Mildred M. Maldonado-Molina

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Longitudinal offending research has grown substantially in the last two decades. Despite this increased scholarly attention, longitudinal investigations of the effects of offending on physical health have not kept pace. Acknowledging the intersections of criminology, criminal justice, and public health, this study examines the relationship between violent offending and chronic diseases among a nationally representative longitudinal sample of young adults. Results suggest that variation across offender typologies (i.e. adolescence-limited, adult-onset, and consistent violence during youth and young adulthood) significantly predicts experiencing chronic disease in early adulthood, with the risk being the most pronounced among those individuals, who demonstrate violence continuity. Study limitations and policy implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-538
Number of pages15
JournalJustice Quarterly
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • chronic disease
  • longitudinal
  • offending
  • violence

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