ERIC Number: ED451435
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Child and Adolescent Violence Research at the National Institute of Mental Health.
National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.
An assessment was taken by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) on violent behavior among adolescents in the United States to guide research towards areas that require intervention. The NIMH gathered information on the risk factors, experiences, and processes related to the development of aggressive, antisocial, and violent behavior problems in children and adolescents. The development of behavior problems can be explained as a dynamic interaction between children's predisposition and various influences on their lives (family, peer, and school/community). Being at risk does not necessary doom a child to become violent. There is strong evidence for the occurrence of two or more syndromes or disorders among children with behavioral and emotional problems. Promising interventions are discussed that prevent and treat adolescent depression, which often coexists with behavior problems. The research points to the importance of a nurturing social environment, good early education, and success in academic areas. It suggests that the influence of peers, both positive and negative, is of critical importance and that grouping or housing troubled youth together may be the wrong approach. It concludes that there are no quick and inexpensive approaches to solving youth problems. (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, Behavior Problems, Depression (Psychology), Emotional Problems, Influences, Intervention, Mental Health, Peer Influence, Research, Violence
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.