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Teenage violence prevention includes home, school, and community. Learn what factors are common amongst violent teenagers and a list of things parents can do to help prevent youth violence and help their teen avoid involvement in adolescent violence.
Because of the increase in teen violence in recent decades, many people are concerned about finding ways to reduce or prevent teenage violence. In many cases teen involvement in violence can be prevented, but the best way to do so many vary with the individual. Positive family connections, a commitment to school, and self-discipline are among the top factors that seem to be effective in teen violence prevention for the perpetrator and/or the victim.
There are many factors that influence whether or not young people will be involved in teen violence. Incidents of teenage violence can be reduced by teaching teens good coping skills for their problems. Traits that can help young people cope with problems in non-violent ways include:
Things parents can do to help children and teens avoid being involved in teenage violence include:
Many factors may help to prevent teenage violence. Traditional values that focus on social norms and a commitment to education are two factors that have been shown to reduce the impact of risk factors for teenage violence in at-risk youth. Teenage violence prevention programs for schools and communities usually focus on reducing risky behaviors in teens by increasing individual’s skills, educating parents, improving young people’s peer interactions, and improving school environments. These things can all help to reduce violence among teens.
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Mental Health Information Center, “What you Need to Know About Youth Violence Prevention,” 2002 [available online].
United States Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Mental Health Information Center, “Parents: Be Role Models for Your Children” [available online].
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