ERIC Number: ED387548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Saving Youth from Violence.
Hechinger, Fred M.
Carnegie Quarterly, v39 n1 Win 1994
Nearly one million adolescents between the ages of 12 and 19 are victims of violent crimes each year, and this has been true since at least 1985. Children are becoming involved in violence at ever younger ages, both as victims and as perpetrators. The threat of firearms is the greatest concern in adolescent violence, but no single factor can be blamed as the cause of violence. The role the media play in inciting violence is a hot and controversial topic, but many agree with the warning of the American Psychological Association that viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and mistrust. Violence is learned, and can be combated through teaching alternatives. The teaching of prosocial behavior at home and in school must be accompanied by the provision of health and social services to children and families. Conflict resolution and mediation programs show promise in reducing violence. Violence prevention curricula are among the important efforts schools can make. These efforts can be supported by community and youth organizations. Three projects, operating nationally, are described to illustrate some ongoing efforts in violence prevention. Winning against violence will require a public stance that violence is socially unacceptable. (Contains 28 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Children, Conflict Resolution, Curriculum Development, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education, Mass Media Role, Prevention, Program Development, School Safety, Social Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Victims of Crime, Violence
Carnegie Corporation of New York, 437 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
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