ERIC Number: ED343056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-31
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Reducing Youth Violence. Coordinated Federal Efforts and Early Intervention Strategies Could Help. Statement of Gregory J. McDonald, Director of Human Services, Policy and Management Issues, Human Resources Division. Testimony before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.
The testimony presented in this document discusses the extent of the problem of youth violence, risk factors, type of approach required, federal prevention efforts, and conclusions. It is suggested that young people at risk of later violence tend to: come from families that are abusive, neglectful, and otherwise dysfunctional; show an early propensity to lie, steal, fight, be truant, and be aggressive; use alcohol and drugs as they grow older; and live in low-income areas having high rates of serious crime. Preventing youth violence in the long term is described as requiring a multifaceted approach that involves: (1) reducing multiple risks; (2) reaching children of different ages; (3) providing both early prevention and treatment services; and (4) devising strategies based on individual communities' problems. It is noted that funding for federal prevention efforts is directed mostly to job training and vocational education, and little funding directly targeted to preventing youth violence. It is concluded that decreasing youth violence willl require a multifaceted, coordinated set of strategies and that early intervention is a critical first step. (ABL)
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first copy free; additional copies $2.00 each).
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Div. of Human Resources.