Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Criminal Justice

First Advisor

Dr. Lynn Vincentnathan

Second Advisor

Dr. Rosalva Resendiz

Third Advisor

Dr. Philip Ethridge


Previous theories have attributed aggression to biological influences but this thesis will focus on the frustration-aggression hypothesis. If such a theory is relevant, weather may have an effect on violent crime. This study intends to answer whether a relationship between violence (specifically violent crime) and warm temperatures exists and what type of relationship exists. The study tests the hypothesis that warm temperatures will have a positive association with violent crime. Based on secondary data the Part I Index crimes (Violent) or murder rape, robbery, and aggravated assault were collapsed into two variables, ‘Violent’ which omitted robbery and ‘Violent 2’ which included all four. It is also important to note the effect recent and further climate change has and will have in the future in regards to violent crime. If such an effect is possible, criminal justice agencies already understaffed may be bombarded with more paper work and calls for service.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Criminology Commons