A new article by Daniel J. Flannery, director for The Dr. Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, attempts to explain what we know about school shootings and why they occur. The article was scheduled to appear in the January issue of Springer's Current Psychiatry Reports, but the report is being released early.
The article thoroughly examines past studies and addresses the topics of risk factors and threat assessments. Researchers have determined while there are some characteristics shared by past shooters - narcissism, depression, low self esteem and a fascination with violence - there are not enough similarities to develop any distinctive profile.
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