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NCJ Number: 147960 Find in a Library
Author(s): R G Slaby
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 7
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Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A developmental psychologist discusses research findings and recent forums that have focused on what is known about the problem of violence among children and youth in the United States, as well as violence prevention and reduction.
Abstract: The United States has the highest homicide rate among industrialized countries; and females, infants, and children are at particularly high risk of nonfatal injuries from domestic assault. A person's odds of dying by interpersonal violence (excluding suicide, war, or acts of law enforcement) are 1 in 496 for white females, 1 in 205 for white males, 1 in 117 for black females, and 1 in 27 for black males. prevention of violence requires improving the recognition, referral, and treatment of people at high risk; empowering communities to address the problem effectively; broadening training at all levels for violence prevention; improving our monitoring of the problem; and improving program evaluation. Firearm violence and violence associated with alcohol and other drugs should receive special emphasis. Efforts should also focus on promoting childhood experiences associated with violence prevention. Research indicates that although television, movies, and other media have contributed to the problem of youth violence, the media clearly also has the potential and the responsibility to become part of the solution. The Federal Government should take leadership in addressing this problem. List of other speakers and 9 references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; Violence causes; Violence on television; Violence prevention
Note: Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, March 31, 1992
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