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Violence and Gender: Reports From an Urban High School

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Abstract:

This article reports on the survey component of a study examining urban high school students' experiences with violence. The survey's purpose was to collect information on students' experiences with violence, explore gender differences, and identify which factors are associated with the self-reported use of violence. Two prominent risk factors for the self-reported use of violence were found: having a close friend or family member injured by violence, and gun possession. Young men and women did not differ significantly in overall exposure, victimization, and perpetration. However, gender clearly informed the types of violence reported. The findings offer practical strategies for addressing adolescent violence, such as reducing gun availability and community-level violence, but future research must further examine the role of gender in order to structure more effective prevention and intervention approaches that target different kinds of violence.

Keywords: ADOLESCENT VIOLENCE; GENDER; SCHOOL VIOLENCE; URBAN VIOLENCE; VIOLENCE; YOUTH VIOLENCE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/vivi.17.1.57.33640

Publication date: February 1, 2002

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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 2012 Impact Factor is 0.981.
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