ERIC Number: EJ831644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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Most Teens Say "It's Okay to Even the Score!"
Curriculum Review, v48 n6 p3 Feb 2009
While today's teens are learning the Three "Rs" of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic in school, new research shows that many teens are justifying violence to practice a fourth--Revenge. In a youth culture where violence is often believed to be acceptable, experts say that these and other findings not only present disturbing implications for school safety, but for the workplace as well. This article talks about a poll of 750 teens from Junior Achievement and Deloitte (conducted by Opinion Research) which indicated that more than one-in-four teens (27%) think behaving violently is sometimes, often or always acceptable. When the teens who agreed that violence was acceptable were asked more specifically about rationale for such behavior, most noted self-defense (87%) or helping a friend (73%). However, more than a third said violence was acceptable to settle an argument (35%) and for revenge (34%).
Descriptors: Public Opinion, Student Surveys, School Safety, Violence, Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents
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