"There is no doubt that violence, especially among youth, is a problem in the U.S. today. Since 1993, the U.S. has had the highest rate of childhood homicide, suicide, and firearms related deaths of any of the world's 26 wealthiest nations (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1993)," stated the authors of the article. Due to results as stated above by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the questions "what factors cause violent fighting as well as weapon carrying" and "what are assets that may help prevent such violence" come into mind. The article, Adolescent Violence: The Protective Effects of Youth Assets, shows a study that examined the relationships between nine youth assets and six demographic factors that may be linked to adolescent physical fighting and weapon carrying. The population consisted of one thousand ninety-eight middle and high school students and their parents from inner-city areas of two mid-sized Midwestern cities who completed in-home interviews. The authors stated, "Logistic regression analyses examined the relationship between each youth asset and the risk behaviors while controlling for demographic information." Results identified four demographic factors and five assets that were likely associated with no physical fighting in the past 12 months. Six of 9 assets were linked to reports of not carrying a weapon. These findings indicate that certain assets may protect youth from physical fighting and carrying a weapon.
More violent crimes are being committed by adolescents, and violence in schools has become an increasing problem throughout the nation in the last few years. A combination of factors may lead to violence, but there may be important assets t...
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...ieve it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or drugs. If the community is able to help the youth have a positive view of their future, sense of purpose which they believe life has a purpose, have a high self esteem, have resistence skills against negative peer pressure, and give them knowledge of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds and people, then society in general could be a protective factor against the violence we are having among adolescents.
Adolescents cannot build and maintain assets by themselves. In my opinion, the foundation for healthy development depends on the support of family, parents, educators, community leaders, and neighbors within a young person's community. No single influence in a community can give all of what adolescents need. That is why we must work together to help prevent adolescent violence.
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