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Trends in Violence

What are the major trends in violence in the United States today? In your mind what are possible solutions to these ominous trends in violence?

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1. What are the major trends in violence in the United States today? In your mind what are possible solutions to these ominous trends in violence?

The following trends of violence often involve youth and there is an overrepresentation of Black youth homicide victimization. Increased guns in the hands of youth leads to many violence trends associated with gang membership and the drug trade which also increase the likelihood of violence, murder, robberies, homicide and aggravated assaults. Guns in schools in another trend that has increased exponentially in recent times.

1. Homicide victimization and perpetration among youths

For example, between 1985 and 1991, homicide rates among youths 15-19 years of age increased 154% and remain, today, at historically high levels. Research points to a number of factors that increase the probability of violence during adolescence and young adulthood. Some of these factors include the early onset of aggressive behavior in childhood, social problem-solving skill deficits, exposure to violence, poor parenting practices and family functioning, negative peer influences, access to firearms, and neighborhoods characterized by high rates of poverty, transiency, family disruption, and social isolation. Efforts to address some of the primary risk factors for violence are under way across the United States and need to be continued.

"Young African-American males have the most elevated homicide victimization rate of any race or gender group. ...

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This solution discusses the major trends in violence in the United States today, as well as explores possible solutions to these ominous trends in violence.

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