ERIC Number: ED438598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-29
Antisocial Behavior in Youth: Causes, Consequences and Interventions.
This paper examines the roots of youth violence in U.S. society and the specific risk factors that predispose children to use violence. Using surveys of the literature, interviews with researchers, and an observation of an intervention, the report describes a highly successful school-based program of identification and intervention for high-risk children at early ages. Some of the risk factors that are examined are those that stem from cultural variables, which affect everyone, and individual variables, which affect certain children. Children exposed to risk factors follow a well-described path towards violence, and it is the schools' responsibility to identify at-risk children early in the students' careers and to offer intervention. However, some schools cannot offer help. These unsafe schools lack cohesion and feature chaotic, stressful, poorly structured environments. Conversely, safe schools allow students to feel nurtured, cared for, accepted, and protected. Various factors contribute to the making of a safe school, including the design and use of the physical space itself. Some suggestions for identifying at-risk students and what can be done to intervene with their violent behavior are offered. Schools may employ primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention measures to help their students. (Contains 26 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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