There are four main types of youth violence that affect families – if left untreated youth violence can wind up being a very serious issue. The four different types of youth violence are homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and rapes. While most teens managed to reach adulthood without participating in any of these dangerous activities, for some parents these behaviors are a real concern.
Homicide can be defined as the willful killing of another person, whether premeditated or spur of the moment. Generally youth homicide rates are correlated to the number of firearms – in areas or countries with a lower rate of carrying weapons, there tends to be a significantly lower rate of homicide. Statistics show that homicide rates are higher for young males than they are for young females. Around one quarter of homicide crimes committed by youth have victims who are also youths.
Robbery involves taking something of value from someone else by way of force, intimidation or violence. Robbers will often use a weapon, such as a gun, in order to scare their victims into handing over the items of value. This means that there is a correlation between gun ownership and robberies, the higher rate of gun ownership the more frequent robberies tend to be. Although bare in mind that robberies are frequently done with other harmful objects, such as baseball bats, battens or even Tasers.
This is one of the more common types of youth violence and occurs when a person uses or displays a weapon or the victim suffers substantial bodily harm. Firearms are significantly less common in this type of violence; most often offenders use strong or sharp objects to inflict damage on the other person. As with other types of youth violence, male youths are the most likely offenders and victims.
Rape is unwanted sexual interaction by force, against the victims will or where the victim is simply unable to give consent because of physical or mental incapacity. Sexual relations can be considered to be rape when the victim is simply too young to make sensible decisions about their own safety – the age threshold for this varies between states and countries. Girls between the ages of 14 to 18 are at the highest risk of rape.
What Behaviors are Linked With Youth Violence
There are a number of behaviors that are correlated with youth violence, including the following behaviors:
- Poor Behavior Control
- Attention Problems
- History of Early Aggression
- Low Educational Achievement
If you are concerned that your teen might be at risk of participating in youth violence, it can be a good idea to contact their school. Schools often have support in place to deal with challenging teens, and will be able to provide you with some guidance as to how to move forward. If you are worried about your teen it’s important you take action before it’s too late.
Have you dealt with youth violence before? What did you find helpful in minimizing your teen’s violent behavior?
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