ESYTCEdinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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Professor Susan McVie, the criminologist who compiled the ESYTC report, said knifecarriers were likely to have joined gangs, abused drink or drugs, and may carry a blade to enhance their social status and give them a "buzz".
This finding is supported by analysis from the Edinburgh Study of Youth Transitions and Crime (ESYTC; McAra & McVie, 2005).
The OCJS and ESYTC analyses described above suggest that drug users are over-represented in arrest figures by a factor of at least two.