ERIC Number: ED375183
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Urban Adolescent Homicidal Violence: A Closer Look at Who Is at Risk.
Barrett, Ronald Keith
A pattern of increased homicidal violence among adolescent youth in American inner cities has been documented and studied for some time. This elevated lethal violence has been observed to be a major cause of death in this age group and has been observed to be a particularly male phenomenon, especially for ethnic minorities. Both victims and perpetrators are likely to be adolescent males. This paper examines the nature and scope of the pattern of violence among urban adolescent youth carefully and explores theoretical explanations and possible remedies. The section on theoretical explanations examines a thesis of economic deprivation, the thesis of a subculture of violence, and psychoanalytic and dysfunctional systems theses, as well as a thesis that the criminal justice system is critically flawed. The section on courses of intervention suggests prevention strategies and interventions, discusses parenting, and mentoring strategies, and considers developmental theory and research. (Contains 40 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Conference on Adolescents (2nd, San Antonio, TX, March 18-20, 1992).