Ending Youth Violence

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Public concern over youth violence in the United States has ebbed. Two years ago, it was regularly front-page news, with stories and follow-ups keyed to murderous rampages at schools.

But reduced news coverage doesn't necessarily mean reduced violence among the young. It's an ongoing problem demanding continuing attention. Surveys of young Americans indicate that violence - typically not reported as crime - is all too common in their lives, with 13 to 15 percent of high school seniors reporting they've committed an act of serious violence.

The persistence of youth violence is one conclusion of a report recently released by Surgeon General David Satcher. Another conclusion of the report is that communities, schools, and families are finding ways of preventing or reducing violence.

Programs mentioned in the report include school-based efforts to traIn children in problem solving and self-control; parent- awareness efforts aimed at the middle-school years, when kids first face the temptations of drugs and alcohol; and community efforts to provide attractive after-school activities for teens. …