May 28, 1997

Applying Science to Violence Prevention

Author Affiliations

From the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.

JAMA. 1997;277(20):1641-1642. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540440075036

Violence in America runs the risk of becoming endemic at very high levels. Each year, approximately 25500 people die from homicide and 31000 die from suicide in the United States.1 Violence is the second leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 15 and 24 years and the leading cause of death for young African Americans in this age group.2 Adolescents and young adults are disproportionately represented among the victims and perpetrators of violence in our society. The average age of both violent offenders and victims has been growing younger and younger in recent years.3 Youth interpersonal violence is also closely associated with the problems of child abuse and neglect, dating violence, substance abuse, suicide, and violence against women.4 Because research suggests that violence is also transmitted from one generation to the next5 and that aggressive children tend to become violent