Friday, December 11, 2009

Getting to the bottom of youth violence

Researchers from Texas A&M International University have been looking into some of the risk factors that lead children to become violent. They studied 603 children between the ages of 10 and 14 and their parents. 15% of the children said that they had committed non-violent crimes while 12% said that they had taken part in violent criminal behaviour. None of the risk factors the researchers looked at had particularly strong effects but the strongest ones were depression and having delinquent peers. Other risk factors were parents who psychologically abused their partners, having an antisocial personality, negative relationships with adults and family conflict. Watching violent video games or TV programmes had no effect. Youth violence has actually been going down in the U.S. since the 1960s.

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