Gender Differences in Risk Factors for Violent Behaviors Among African American and Hispanic Young Adolescents (from , 24:539-557)

By Stueve A., O'Donnell L., Link B. G.

In this paper the authors used epidemiological evidence to investigate gender differences in risk factors for violent behavior among African American and Hispanic young adolescents who live in some of the most economically depressed and underserved areas of New York City. 1,339 7th and 8th grade students completed the Violent Behavior Scale, the Violence Supporting Attitudes Scale, and Risky Sex Index. The results show that interpersonal violence is a pressing problem among these young adolescents and that it is a problem among girls as well as boys. While rates of violence were higher for males than females, nearly half of the 7th and 8th grade girls surveyed reported recently threatening to beat someone up or use a weapon; over one third reported recent fights, weapon carrying, or use.

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