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Violence in ContextCurrent Evidence on Risk, Protection, and Prevention$
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Todd I. Herrenkohl, Eugene Aisenberg, James Herbert Williams, and Jeffrey M. Jenson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369595

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369595.001.0001

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Advances and Challenges in the Prevention of Youth Violence

Advances and Challenges in the Prevention of Youth Violence

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Violence in Context

Jeffrey M. Jenson

Oxford University Press

Violence prevention programs in the United States have paralleled the country’s general approach to preventing adolescent problem behaviors such as delinquency, substance abuse, and school dropout. Historically, programs aimed at preventing youth violence have been developed locally and have seldom been subjected to rigorous evaluation criteria. In recent years, however, schools and communities have placed greater emphasis on implementing tested and effective violence prevention approaches. The growing interest in selecting effective programs has been influenced by well-known incidents of school violence and by a growing recognition of the importance attached to implementing evidence-based practice strategies in schools and communities.This chapter traces the history of childhood and adolescent violence prevention and review the evolution of a public health approach to preventing aggression and violent behaviors. Current approaches to preventing violence in the context of schools, families, and communities are described and discussed.

Keywords:   prevention of violence, delinquency, tested violence prevention, effective violence prevention programs, evidence-based strategies, public health, violence in schools, violence in families, violence in communities, risk and protective factors

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