Groom, R. W., & Anderson, C. A. (1994).

Effects of temperature and age distribution on violent crime rates in the United States.

University of Missouri-Columbia McNair Journal, 2, 17-20.


An archival study examined the effects of average annual temperature on violent crime rates in the United States. Autoregression statistical procedures were used to control form time series effects. Proportion of the population that was is the high violent crime age range was also statistically controlled. As predicted, hot years yielded relatively higher violent crime rates even when these statistical controls were in place. This research supports the findings reported by Anderson (1989) on the temperature effect on aggression.

1994 by Craig A. Anderson.