Thursday, December 20, 2007

My teenaged behavior was at least predictive of non-violence!

While checking out the latest edition of Encephalon, I found this gem from Pure Pedantry. You can go read that, and he makes some very good points of his own about the inefficiency of efforts to limit gun access to the mentally ill, as opposed to general gun restrictions. The piece relies on a longitudinal study by Blitstein et al. which you could certainly read if you wish, which has a long section of relative risk tables for factors that predict violent behavior in children.

I noticed some specific relative risks that I found to be kinda cool, both from Table 3:
  • In girls, binge drinking is an indicator of LESS violent behavior (relative risk: 0.49, 95% confidence interval: 0.41 to 0.95) as compared to girls that do not binge drink.
  • In boys, smoking pot is an indicator of LESS violent behavior (relative risk: 0.61, 95% CI: 0.41 to 0.90) as compared to boys that do not smoke pot.
Cool beans, eh?

1 comment:

  1. Apologies for writing this here (feel free to delete it once you've read it).

    But I wanted to thank you for including my blog in your blog roll.

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