ERIC Number: ED468050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Youth and Violence: Colorado Students Speak Out for a More Civil Society. Ask the Children Series.
Galinsky, Ellen; Salmond, Kimberlee
Noting the need to include the views of youth in national debates about issues facing American youth today, a study focused on youths views about violence. Information was gleaned from literature reviews, expert panels, and focus groups, to design a survey examining relationships in the schools, homes, and communities, and aspects of youths lives associated with violence. The survey also asked youth to identify one change they would make to stop the violence they experience. Participating in the study were a sample of 1,012 fifth- through 12-graders in Colorado; a parallel study was conducted with a nationally representative group of 1,001 youths. This report presents findings from the Colorado sample with comparisons to the national sample. The major findings of the study follow: (1) to end violence, we must start with accepting one another and ending emotional violence; (2) emotional violence is part of many youths lives; (3) physical and extreme violence are widespread; (4) there is a strong connection between emotional and physical violence; (5) cultural values celebrating one way to be in need to end; (6) a sizable proportion of youth call on adults to change the environment to help them feel safe; (7) children need strong relationships with their parents; (8) improving teacher-student relationships will help reduce violence; (9) improve relationships with friends; (10) improve the larger culture, addressing stress, family economic health, drugs, violence, and community improvement; (11) coping skills are important; and (12) youth need good relationships in all aspects of their lives. The report delineates implications of these findings for parents, teachers, school, communities, and for government. The report's six appendices include selected data tables, data collection instruments, selected research and policy reports, selected resources, and programs addressing violence, diversity, and civic engagement. (Contains 18 references and 44 tables.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Bullying, Change Strategies, Child Responsibility, Civics, Coping, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Context, Cultural Pluralism, Family Relationship, Friendship, Intermediate Grades, Parent Child Relationship, Peer Relationship, Secondary Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Values, Violence, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Colorado Trust, Denver.
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado