Violence causes more injury and death in children, teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth defects.
There is no single explanation for the violence caused by youth. Many different things cause violent behaviour in children. The more these things are present in a child's life, the more likely he or she is to commit an act of violence. Behaviour will change depending on a child's age and gender. Violent behaviour may be targeted at parents, other children, friends, or other family members.
Violent crimes include assault, rape, and robbery. Most violent crimes occur between friends or acquaintances or within families.
It's important to be alert to behaviour changes. People usually give hints that they are considering violence toward other people, such as:
The possibility of teen violence also increases when the following factors are present in a teen's behaviour over several weeks or months:
When you recognize warning signs of violent behaviour in someone else, there are steps you can take. Don't count on someone else to deal with the situation. Taking action and telling someone who can help can prevent harm to yourself and others. It also will protect another teen with potentially violent behaviour from making a mistake that will affect the rest of his or her life.
Parents can help protect teens from violent situations in the following ways:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency MedicineLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofDecember 7, 2017
Current as of: December 7, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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