From Colombia to Northern Ireland, from South Africa to the United States. All around the world, youth violence—defined as violence committed by or against individuals ages 10–29—is occurring with alarming frequency; 565 young people die every day as a result of interpersonal assaults. What can be done to end this needless violence?
This examination of youth violence provides readers with insights from international experts and real-life examples of how nations and communities around the world have successfully dealt with the issue.
The magnitude of the problem of youth violence in nations throughout the world is shocking. What is encouraging is that strategies to combat this issue do appear to work. For example, community-based restorative justice programs in Northern Ireland reduced retaliatory strikes by paramilitary youth groups by 75 percent, and research trials of policy and intervention strategies, such as parent training and early childhood education, have been shown to significantly reduce youth violence.
This text offers a comprehensive overview of youth violence, including background information that defines the problem internationally, a conceptual framework for understanding approaches to youth violence, examinations of multiple case studies, and examples of prevention programs. The final section presents conclusions and suggested strategies for dealing with interpersonal violence and recommendations for future policy.
• Contains contributions from over 20 international experts describing measures to address youth violence within the political, social, cultural, and economic contexts of their environments
• 12 case studies illustrate the various conceptual and programmatic approaches for understanding, preventing, and reducing youth violence in various countries
• Over 50 citations of seminal research and programmatic works in the areas of public health, restorative justice, and resilience-based approaches to youth violence
• Provides a clear and comprehensive framework for understanding the complex problem of youth violence
• Analyzes how unique contextual factors influence the development of effective strategies for confronting youth violence in different countries
• Investigates a highly relevant subject for residents of the United States given the pervasive occurrence of youth violence in American culture, such as school bullying and gang activity
• Synthesizes theory, research, and practice in the field of youth violence to provide a comprehensive treatment of the subject