The Magnitude of Youth Violence (Chapter 2)

Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General

About the Course:

The Magnitude of Youth Violence (Chapter 2): Youth Violence: A Report of the Surgeon General proclaims in headlines that the epidemic of youth violence that began in the early 1980s is over, but the reality behind this seemingly good news is far more complex and unsettling. Public health studies show that youth violence is an ongoing startlingly pervasive problem. In essence, this chapter describes the magnitude of and trends in violent crime by young people.


Surgeon General

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about the magnitude of youth violence. It is appropriate for an introductory to intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the magnitude of youth violence.

  2. Explain how to measure youth violence and the violence epidemic.

  3. Describe the arrests for violent behavior, prevalence of violent behavior, and the different types of violence between race and ethnicity.

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