Violence Prevention Programs Should Reduce The Frequency Of Adolescent Violence

1201 Words May 13th, 2016 5 Pages
Violence is recognized as a major public health issue in America (Ellickson & McGuigan, 2000). The researchers, Ellickson and McGuigan (2000), conduct a study to identify early predictors of adolescent violence, and whether these predictors range by gender and across different forms and degrees of violence (Ellickson & McGuigan, 2000). The researchers identify seven predictors, including school bonds, family relationships, problem behaviors, exposure to deviant social influences, personalities, sociodemographics, and community characteristics (Ellickson & McGuigan, 2000). Correspondingly, the researchers claim that violence prevention programs for youths should include efforts to minimize poor academic performance and misbehavior in school, while increasing self-confidence in girls and resistance training against delinquent influences for boys (Ellickson & McGuigan, 2000). Consequently, the frequency of violence among adolescents will drastically decrease (Ellickson & McGuigan, 2000). The researchers present their predictions, method, results, and conclusion in an organized manner to justify their position that specialized violence prevention programs will reduce the frequency of adolescent violence.
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