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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 Violence
Sege RD.
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

Connected Kids includes links to other organizations, national programs, and resources that focus on violence prevention: National Youth Violence Prevention Center and Stop Bullying

Other critical adolescent health issues include:
Injury, Sexual Health, Chronic Disease, Mortality, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse