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Risk Factors and Behaviors Associated With Adolescent Violence and Aggression

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Objective: To explore risk factors and behaviors associated with aggressive and violent behaviors among adolescents. Methods: A comprehensive review of research literature from various disciplines associated with improving the health and well-being of adolescents. Results: Risk factors and behaviors associated with adolescent aggression and violence are discussed via 6 major factor categories: individual, family, school/academic, peer-related, community and neighborhood, and situational. Conclusion: Adolescent aggression and violence develops and manifests within a complex constellation of factors. Prevention intervention efforts should be theory based, multicomponent, and multisystem; they should begin in middle school and continue into high school with a comprehensive evaluation design.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2: College of Criminal Justice, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 3: Family & Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 4: Public Health Statistics & Information Systems, Department of Health & Environmental Control, Columbia, SC. 5: Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Family & Preventive Medicine, Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

Publication date: 2002-11-01

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