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Relationship Between Life Satisfaction and Violent Behaviors among Adolescents

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Objective: To explore relationships between life satisfaction and violent behaviors among 5,032 adolescents. Methods: Adjusted polychotomous logistic regression analyses and multivariate models were used via SUDAAN with the 1997 CDC YRBS. Results: Carrying a weapon; carrying a gun; carrying a weapon at school; physical fighting; physical fighting at school; physical fighting that required physician treatment; drinking and driving; riding with a drinking driver; having property stolen/damaged at school; feeling unsafe while at, going to or returning from school; and being injured/ threatened with a weapon were associated (p=.05) with reduced life satisfaction. Conclusion: Measures of life satisfaction as a component of comprehensive assessments of adolescent violence/aggression in field-work, research, and program-evaluation efforts should be considered.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Health Promotion and Education, Family and Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 2: Health Promotion and Education, School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 3: Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. 4: Family and Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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