The article by Smith-Khuri et al1 in this issue of the ARCHIVES raises an important and intriguing question: is the development and magnitude of adolescent violence the same everywhere in the world? If it is, then perhaps standard approaches to prevention can be applied that address violence as a universal function of the developmental process. If not, then prevention programs may have to be tailored to the specific etiological and cultural context in which such violence occurs.
Mercy JA, Dahlberg LL. Adolescent ViolenceIs It the Same Everywhere?. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(6):592-594. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.6.592