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Practitioners' Forum: Public Health and the Primary Prevention of Adolescent Violence—The Violence Prevention Project

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Abstract:

The Violence Prevention Project is a community-based outreach and education project directed toward reducing the negative social and medical outcomes of violence among adolescents. Community agency personnel are trained to work with youth on issues of anger and conflict resolution. A mass media campaign advertises the issue to the broader population. Interventions, such as the Violence Prevention Project, can use the public health strategies to increase awareness of the problem and associated risk factors, provide alternative conflict resolution techniques, and generate a new community ethos around violence. This approach holds great promise in an area in which after-the-fact legislative and punitive interventions have not worked.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: 1: Health Promotion Program for Urban Youth, Boston Department of Health and Hospitals, and Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston. 2: Department of Pediatrics, Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston. 3: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston.

Publication date: January 1, 1989

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  • Violence and Victims discusses theory, research, policy, and clinical practice in the area of interpersonal violence and victimization across such disciplines as psychology, sociology, criminology, law, medicine, nursing, psychiatry, and social work.

    The journal's 2014 Impact Factor is 0.858.
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