Adolescent Violence

  • Arlene Rubin Stiffman
  • Felton Earls
  • Peter Dore
  • Renee Cunningham
  • Sharon Farber
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Why does violence occupy our daily consciousness—in the newspapers, on television, and as a topic of discussion between neighbors? Although it has become a theme of modern American society, the myriad manifestations of violence make it difficult to define. In this chapter we define violence as a behavioral act that results in physical injury. Although most violent behavior produces relatively minor injuries, long-term disability and death are also frequent consequences. In fact, throughout history the two leading causes of mortality have been infectious diseases and violence (Rosenberg & Fenley, 1991). Of the current five leading causes of death, two, suicide and homicide, are the results of violent acts, and violence has become the leading cause of death for young black males. There is also convincing evidence that the rate of violence in the United States is distinctly higher than in most other developed countries.


Criminal Justice Violent Behavior Juvenile Justice Violence Prevention Homicide Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Arlene Rubin Stiffman
    • 1
  • Felton Earls
    • 2
  • Peter Dore
    • 1
  • Renee Cunningham
    • 1
  • Sharon Farber
    • 1
  1. 1.George Warren Brown School of Social WorkWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral ScienceHarvard University School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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