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Joy G. Dryfoos and Carol Barkin

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179613.001.0001

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Violence and Delinquency

Violence and Delinquency

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(p.58) (p.59) Chapter Four Violence and Delinquency
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Adolescence
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Joy G. Dryfoos

Carol Barkin

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179613.003.0004

Statistics seem to indicate that teen violence in the United States is a growing epidemic, an impression given further validity by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which now identify teen violence as a major public health problem. Using self-reported data from several different surveys, this chapter examines the current incidence of behaviors that fall under the broadly defined category of teen violence and juvenile delinquency. Weapon carrying, including guns and knives, and fighting are significant indicators of the violent environment in which some young people live. Bullying is a negative behavior that is often a marker of deeper trouble within. Gambling is not physically threatening but is an example of an illegal activity that flourishes without much attention from law enforcement. This chapter reviews the predictors or antecedents of violence-related behaviors among teenagers to determine not only who does what but also how best to prevent destructive behaviors and encourage positive ones. It also sets the stage for an appraisal of prevention programs.

Keywords:   United States, teen violence, juvenile delinquency, teenagers, weapon carrying, bullying, gambling, guns, fighting, behaviors

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