Prediction of Violence Perpetration Among High-risk Youth
Authors: Sussman, Steve; Skara, Silvana; Weiner, Michelle D.; Dent, Clyde W.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 28, Number 2, March 2004 , pp. 134-144(11)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objectives: To prospectively examine demographic background, personality, perceived environment, and behavior as violence perpetration predictors in emerging adulthood among high-risk adolescents using problem-behavior theory as a conceptual perspective. Methods: Self-report questionnaires were administered 5 years apart to 676 participants. Results: Hard drug use, belief that hurting another's property while drunk was acceptable, and high-risk group self-identification predicted later violence perpetration independent of baseline violence perpetration. Conclusions: Consistent with problem-behavior theory, personality, perceived environment, and behavior variables, beyond baseline violent behavior, predict risk for future violence perpetration in emerging adulthood, whereas demographic background may exert indirect effects.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Alhambra, CA.
Publication date: March 1, 2004
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