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Juvenile delinquency--Research; Violence in children--Research;


Over the last decade a great deal of literature has been focused on the subject of youth violence. For this paper, youth violence is defined as elementary and adolescent-aged boys and girls who commit violent acts. These include: the use of physical force to produce injury or death to others, gang fighting, hate crimes, sexual and/or physical assault, bringing and/or using weapons at school, and aggressive behavior used as a means to gain a certain outcome.

Many studies have been conducted focusing on several dynamics involved in this complicated issue. The focus of the present work was primarily to: review published literature, become more informed about the issue, and identify the prominent underlying themes. A secondary purpose was to find some possible explanations for the recent epidemic of school shootings, especially those involving youths who do not seem to fit the typical profile for committing violent behavior. This review covers topics such as: theoretical perspectives, gender and ethnic related differences, traditional and other hidden risk factors, and elements, which buffer the effects of violence. Finally, recommendations and conclusions are given for prevention and intervention strategies, based on the literature.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Roberto Clemente


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