Document Detail


Urban youths' perspectives on violence and the necessity of fighting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15470008     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVES: To assess youth perceptions of the causes and consequences of violence generally, the causes and consequences of fighting specifically, and to determine how best to approach fighting in the context of violence prevention activities. METHODS: Thirteen structured focus group interviews with youths from three high violence urban settings: a large, urban high school, a training center for disadvantaged youths, and a school for adjudicated youths. Participants were 120 urban, predominately African-American youths and young adults ages 14-22 years (mean: 17.2 years). Seven focus groups were conducted with females, and six with males. RESULTS: Adolescents identified the causes of violence on multiple levels including: individual, family, interpersonal, and community level factors. Most youths (89%) had been in a physical fight. Participants felt that fighting was not "right", but identified situations in which it was necessary. Specifically, fighting was used as a problem solving tool, and could prevent escalation of violence. Youths felt that the adults in their lives, including physicians, were generally ill equipped to give advice about violence, as adults' experiences were so removed from their own. Participants looked to experienced role models to offer problem solving and harm reduction strategies. Youths were open to receiving anticipatory guidance about violence and fighting from primary care physicians they felt comfortable with, and who showed respect for their experiences. CONCLUSIONS: Interventions that include blanket admonitions against fighting should be reassessed in light of youth perceptions that fighting plays a complex role in both inciting and preventing more serious violence.
Authors:
S B Johnson; S Frattaroli; J L Wright; C B Pearson-Fields; T L Cheng
Related Documents :
24574428 - Sport club participation of adolescents with asthma: maternal factors and adolescent co...
19636718 - African american adolescent engagement in the classroom and beyond: the roles of mother...
20507228 - What difference can a minute make? social skills and first impressions of youth with cr...
12751648 - Empowerment as fostering positive youth development and citizenship.
19636768 - Predictors of level of voice in adolescent girls: ethnicity, attachment, and gender rol...
7738768 - Cross-cultural correlates of life satisfaction and self-esteem.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Injury prevention : journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1353-8047     ISO Abbreviation:  Inj. Prev.     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-07     Completed Date:  2004-12-09     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9510056     Medline TA:  Inj Prev     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  287-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. sjohnson@jhsph.edu
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adolescent Behavior*
Adult
Aggression / psychology
Agonistic Behavior*
District of Columbia
Female
Focus Groups
Humans
Male
Problem Solving
Role
Urban Health*
Violence / prevention & control,  psychology*
Grant Support
ID/Acronym/Agency:
R49/CCR331657/CC/CDC HHS
Comments/Corrections

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine


Previous Document:  Firearm related deaths: the impact of regulatory reform.
Next Document:  How low can they go? Potential for reduction in work injury rates.