Violence causes more injury and death in children,
teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth
There is no single explanation for the violence caused by
youth. Many different
things cause violent behavior in children. The more
these things are present in a child's life, the more likely he or she is to
commit an act of violence. Behavior will change depending on a child's age and
gender. Violent behavior may be targeted at parents, other children, friends, or
other family members.
Amanda (not her real name) was feeling overwhelmed. Her parents were preoccupied with financial worries. Her algebra teacher had assigned tons of homework. And her best friend was not speaking to her because of a fight they had a couple of days earlier. Amanda felt alone and afraid. After a particularly tough algebra exam, she felt her world was caving in. She ran into a stall in the girls' bathroom, rolled up her sleeve, and cut her left arm as hard as she could with her nails. She drew blood, but...