Violence has reached epidemic proportions in the United States and has become the single most important public health problem affecting adolescent males. It is believed that violence and its subsequent morbidity and mortality have a multifactorial origin, including developmental factors, gang involvement, access to firearms, drugs, the media, poverty, and family violence. Pediatricians have a critical role in reducing violence through early identification of family violence, education and counseling to decrease well-known risk factors, and provision of nonviolent problem-solving and coping strategies to children, youth, and their families. It is essential that we initiate preventive measures now rather than be paralyzed by the weight of the crisis.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine: Journal of Urban Health|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1995|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health