Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Predictors of Violent Behavior in Youth

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Predictors of Violent Behavior in Youth

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Melody M. Yarbrough and Nestor W. Sherman, Texas A & M University-Kingsville

Violent behavior among youth is a growing problem in this country. Since violence has been declared a public health emergency it would be helpful to determine if compromised health in the various dimensions of health can be used to predict violent behavior with any accuracy. In this study, a survey instrument was developed and tested in an effort to find variables that would predict violent behavior in youth ages 12 through 16 years. The survey consisted of six subscales. These subscales represented areas of health which when compromised in the individual had been indicated by the literature to have some connection with violent behavior. The subscales included questions and statements regarding previous violent behavior, physical health, social health, mental health, emotional health and spiritual health. The survey was developed using a modified Delphi technique. Professionals in the areas of Criminal Justice, Medicine, Psychology/Sociology, Health Education, and Religion were included in the panel that cont ributed and then refined the survey items. The final survey consisted of 149 items and took approximately 15 min for participants to complete. …

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