ERIC Number: ED431993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Jan-15
The "True" Perpetrators of Violence: The Effects of the Media on Public Perceptions of Youthful Violent Offenders.
Breland, Alfiee M.
The focus of this paper is to provide insight into the real questions to be asked and answered regarding the "true" perpetrators of school violence. Specifically, it addresses the topic of recent occurrences of school violence perpetrated by youth, along with the effect of stereotypes on perceptions of potential youth offenders. It also addresses media-created stereotypes that have served to develop public understanding of the youthful violent offender, and the manners in which current media images have allowed school officials to overlook the true violent offenders in their midst. In addition, this paper offers a more accurate profile of the youthful violent offender as well as the familial and personal traits to be used in determining "at risk" children. Finally, the essential components of programs that have succeeded in correctly identifying and assisting potential violent youthful offenders are offered. It is hoped that this paper will enlighten those who interact with youth such that they may more carefully consider their target populations and devise more appropriate means of working with young people to end violence. (Contains 31 references.) (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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