Essay 6: Documented Research
December 4, 2008
The Violent Teen
The rise in violence among youths causes much speculation of its origins. The finger pointing is everlasting and there seems to be no progression towards a resolution to the issue. Viewpoints from every angle are being researched and argued. However, the need for a resolution still remains. Before we can conclude anything though, there needs to be an understanding of the origins of youth violence and handling the situation based upon the prominence of the occurrences. In accordance to the facts and figures laid before me, the resolution for youth violence begins within the concentration centered on our school systems and institutions versus the home and family life of the offenders.
By definition, youth violence involves any act of aggression committed by children, adolescents, and young adults, which include: verbal abuse, violent and delinquent acts, bullying, and physical altercations.
Not all acts of youth violence result in injury or death; however, that does not imply that those acts are of any less importance in their severity. The affects of the aggression are not limited to simply those who are involved, but everyone surrounding the offender their victim(s) (Definition of Youth Violence).
The continuation of the growing youth population also lends a generous hand to violence among the youth. "The population of children aged 10 to 19 is growing almost three times as fast in California as in the nation. The state's youth population is expected to rise from 4.4 million in 1995 to 6 million in 2005Ã¢ÂÂ¦ This growth is expected to amplify the state's violent rates. (Teen Population on the Rise)" Confrontation is an extremely common factor in every day life. If there is such a person who has honestly never faced a...