Identifying and addressing the predictors of youth violence at appropriate points in youth development is important for prevention. Unfortunately, there have been few high-quality longitudinal studies of the predictors of youth violence. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Study Group on Serious and Violent Juvenile Offenders (Study Group) brought 22 researchers together for 2 years to analyze current research on risk and protective factors and the development of serious and violent juvenile offending careers.

Together, data from the long-term studies that have identified predictors of youth violence can help determine violence prevention policy and practice. This Bulletin describes the strength and duration of changeable risk and protective factors for youth violence at points in youth development when they appear most salient. These predictors are potential targets for prevention and intervention. If risk factors can be decreased and protective factors enhanced by preventive action, then the likelihood of violence should be reduced.

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Predictors of Youth Violence Juvenile Justice Bulletin April 2000