Youth Violence: Identify the Cause and Work Towards Prevention

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According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Violence is the exertion of physical force so as to injure or abuse. Violence is often a behavioral response that children are taught to use in order to achieve their goals. On the other hand, violence can become a routine and automatic way of coping with stressful situations for some children (Youth Violence and Suicide Prevention Team 1999). You violence is an old problem that is frequently an issue over which there is much debate. Unfortunately, the increasing violence amongst children both at school and at home has once again made the issue of youth violence a major concern in our society.
According to a 2010 CDC fact sheet “Over 656,000 physical assault injuries in
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Many of those who search find an answer that is both simple and unpleasant, violent behavior is a learned behavior. According to the article titled Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and Youth Violence: Strategies for Prevention and Early Intervention. “Research shows that the impact on children of witnessing parental domestic violence is strikingly similar to the consequences of being directly abused by a parent, and both experiences are significant contributors to youth violence”. The explanation for why children who are exposed to the violence often resort to violence to get what they want is explained in the book psychology a very short introduction to using the terms classical and operant conditioning. Classical conditioning is a process of behavior modification by which a subject comes to respond in a desired manner to a previously neutral stimulus (psychology a short introduction pg 31 ) and the operant conditioning (psychology a short introduction pg32).
The repeated exposure to violence in the media, at home, and in school teaches children to associate the feeling of anger, with an act of violence. Whenever someone will not do or give the child what they want the child gets angry and reacts with violence. Previous experiences have taught violent children violent outburst will often result in the child getting exactly what they desire, reinforcing the negative behavior.

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