Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
This research examines the relationship between childhood trauma, indicated by early police contact, and the probability of later negative life experiences, including involvement in and perpetration of violence, criminal activity and gang involvement for men age 0-27 in Worcester, MA. This research was conducted using probit and tobit regression analysis using the Worcester Police Dataset. This study shows a positive and highly statistically significant correlation between childhood trauma and gang involvement as well as involvement in violence, perpetration of violence, and the number of incidents of violence. This suggests that a crisis intervention for childhood trauma, including witness-based childhood trauma, may help to break cycles of violence in the future.
Arsenault, Samantha, "Childhood Trauma, a Cycle of Violence: Worcester, MA" (2016). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 91.