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Teen Fighting Declines in U.S., Europe
Date:12/6/2012

"If you are stressed out from poverty and substance abuse it's easier to resolve things through violence," she said.

Another expert, Dr. Robert Dicker, associate director of the division of child and adolescent psychiatry at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y., said that "aggression in youth is a tremendous public health problem."

Although the reasons for the decline in teen violence aren't clear, Dicker speculated that several factors may be responsible.

"The wealthier the country, the less aggression; stronger families, stronger schools all contribute to that impact; antibullying programs are also having an impact," he said. "There is some hope that what we have been doing has been working."

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To find out more about teen violence, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: William Pickett, Ph.D., professor, epidemiology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Lorena Siqueira, M.D., director, adolescent medicine, Miami Children's Hospital; Robert Dicker, M.D., associate director, division of child and adolescent psychiatry, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; Dec. 3, 2012, Pediatrics, online


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