ERIC Number: ED465924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Youth Violence: Do Parents and Families Make a Difference?
National Institute of Justice Journal, n243 p31-38 Apr 2000
This article is an adaptation of the authors statement to the U.S. House of Representatives Bipartisan Working Group on Youth Violence on September 15, 1999. Specifically, the Working Group asked Dr. Steinberg, an adolescent behavior researcher, to address issues concerning the role of parents and families in the genesis and prevention of youth violence. The author notes that among the most powerful predictors of mental health problems among children and adolescents are poor family relationships, and that children with mental health problems are at risk for developing patterns of antisocial and violent behavior. Conversely, parental engagement in their children's lives is one of the most important contributors to children's healthy psychological development. It is argued that any attempt to reduce youth violence must include a systematic effort to improve the home environments of Americas children and adolescents, and in particular, to engage parents in the business of parenting. (GCP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Adolescents, Antisocial Behavior, Children, Family Environment, Family Influence, Mental Health, Parent Child Relationship, Parenting Skills, Prevention, Violence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.
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