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Youth Violence statistics show teenagers are becoming more violent. This article contains facts and statistics on teen violence across the U.S., risk factors of teens becoming violent, and a profile of a violent child. Keep reading for more statistics on youth violence.
Youth Violence Statistics
Teen violence has become an increasing problem in the U.S. Teen violence and teen gang involvement escalated in the 1990s and has remained high. Youth are the most likely group to be victims or perpetrators of teen violence, but the results of teen violence affect everyone.
Youth violence statistics show this is a serious problem:
Youth violence can affect anyone, but some groups of teens are more at risk than others:
There are some factors that make individual teens more likely to be involved in teen violence:
There is no single profile for a violent youth. Some teens with many risk factors do not resort to violence, and some violent teens do not have any obvious risk factors.
Youth violence statisitcs show that most schools are still relatively safe places for young people. Less than one percent of violence-related deaths occur at school. According to a report by the U.S. Secret Service, in the previous decade the odds of a high school student being killed at school were 1 in one million. Schools are more likely to be dangerous if they are senior high schools in urban environments, and minority groups in these environments are most at risk of being killed at school.
Youth are less likely to be involved in teen violence if they have learned nonviolent ways to solve problems, if they have strong family ties, and if they have goals and a commitment to school. Parents can help reduce the risk that their teens will be perpetrators or victims of violence if they talk to their teens every day and show that they care and want their teens to avoid violence and drug abuse. Parents should also know who their teens’ friends are and where their teens spend their time, and encourage their teens to be involved in positive activities.
Parents who are concerned about their teens should not hesitate to ask for help from a school counselor, medical professional, religious leader, or other trusted adult.
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].
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