Author: Healthwise Staff
Violence causes more injury and death in children, teenagers, and young adults than infectious disease, cancer, or birth defects. There is no single explanation for the violence caused by youth. Many different factors cause violent behavior in teens. The more these factors are present in a child’s life, the more likely he or she is to commit an act of violence. Behavior will change depending on a child’s age and gender. Violent behavior may be targeted at parents, other teens, friends, or other family members.