Youth violence is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) as aggressive behavior that results in physical harm, injury, or death. Rapes committed on blind dates, killings committed by kids, and gang-related violence are all examples of juvenile violence.
It’s critical that parents and educators of teenagers understand how often aggressive conduct like this is. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, murder is the third greatest cause of death among 15 to 19-year-olds in the United States (CDC). 1
To help reduce teenage violence, parents and educators must play a more active role. To achieve this, it’s necessary to know what leads kids to engage in violent behaviour.
Here are some of the causes of youth violence,
Teens’ violent behaviour may be influenced by media violence, according to studies. Violent media may not directly cause teenage aggression, but studies have shown that playing violent video games can lead to more aggressive ideas and actions.
Neighborhoods and Towns
It is also possible that the environment in which teenagers grow up might influence their behaviour and cause them to become more violent. Disparity in economic prospects, high crime rates and socially unorganised communities all contribute to an increase in the likelihood of juvenile violence, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
When their parents are violent, their children are more likely to follow in their parents’ footsteps and become violent adults too. Teenage dating violence is also more common among them, both as victims and as perpetrators.
Additionally, harsh parenting approaches, as well as a chaotic home environment that is filled with neglect and rejection, have a role in the problem. Because of the instability and lack of structure in the household, each of these scenarios has the potential to lead to violence among young people in the future. Violent behaviour provides adolescents a sense of agency and mastery that they lack at home.
Every day, tens of thousands of individuals are victims of acts of youth violence. Youth violence has a harmful influence on youth in all communities, urban, suburban, rural, and tribal, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Teenage violence is all too prevalent. For non-Hispanic Black or African American adolescents, homicide is the main cause of death, ranking third among deaths among those aged 10 to 24. Physical assault-related injuries injure more than 1,000 young people every day.
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