ERIC Number: ED438028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview: Children and Violence. Special Report.
Action Alliance for Virginia's Children and Youth, Richmond.
This Kids Count report of the Action Alliance for Virginia's Children and Youth reviews the role of schools, bullying, media, family violence, gangs, and substance use in the violence experienced by children and young people in Virginia and the United States. The report finds that increasing numbers of young people experience violent images and messages in the media or are either witnesses to, offenders in, or victims of violence. Key risk factors are identified that increase the likelihood of violence among young people: peer pressure; need for attention or respect; feelings of low self-worth or feeling isolated or rejected; early childhood abuse or neglect; witnessing violence at home, in the community, or in the media; and easy access to weapons. Violence is seen as a learned but not an inevitable response to anger or lack of control. The report also finds that effective early prevention programs targeting younger children focus on multiple factors associated with youth violence, are oriented to the family, and involve long-term efforts. A number of factors are highlighted that lessen the likelihood of violence, including early care and education and after-school care; strong and supportive adults in family, school, and community; parental monitoring of media in the home; and restricted availability of weapons. (DLH)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Bullying, Delinquency, Early Adolescents, Educational Environment, Emotional Response, Mass Media Effects, Prevention, Substance Abuse, Victims of Crime, Violence, Young Children, Youth, Youth Problems
Action Alliance for Virginia's Children and Youth, 701 East Franklin Street, Suite 807, Richmond, VA 23219; Tel: 804-649-0184; Fax: 804-649-0161; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.vakids.org.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Action Alliance for Virginia's Children and Youth, Richmond.