Critical Adolescent Health Issues - Violence
According to the 21 Critical Health Objectives, homicides, physical fighting and weapon carrying are some of the most serious health and safety issues related to violence faced by many of U.S. adolescents. The AAP includes bullying as another important violence issue.
Data on Adolescent Violence
Adolescent (15-19) deaths due to homicide (2004): 1578
Adolescent (10-19) deaths due to firearms (2004): 875
Did not go to school because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to school: 5.5%
Carried a weapon (at least 1 day during 30 days prior to survey): 18.0 %
Relevant AAP Policies Statements and Clinical Reports
Role of the Pediatrician in Youth Violence Prevention
Committee on Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention
Pediatrics, Vol. 124 No. 1 July 2009, pp. 393-402
Other AAP Resources
Adolescent Health Update, Vol 12, No. 1, October 1999
AAP Members can access back issues from the last four years of the Adolescent Health Update. This article can be accessed through the AAP publication, Caring for Adolescent Patients, 2nd Edition, Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2006.
Connected Kids provides patient-oriented materials and implementation resources for pediatricians with guidance to take an asset-based approach to violence prevention from birth through 21 years of age. The program includes 21 Connected Kids handouts for parents and patients.
Psychosocial Health Among Young Victims and Offenders of Direct and Indirect Bullying
Marcel F. van der Wal, PhD; Cees A. M. de Wit, PhD; and Remy A. Hirasing, PhD
Pediatrics, Vol. 111 No. 6 June 2003, pp. 1312-1317
Links to Additional Adolescent Violence Prevention Resources