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Medical News & Perspectives
August 15, 2012

Expert Panel Presents New Approach on Youth Violence

JAMA. 2012;308(7):656. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.9969

An expert panel convened by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the first phase of its work on youth violence, which takes a new tack in examining factors that influence whether children, teens, and young adults are likely to commit acts of violence.

Rather than focusing on risk factors that predict an increased likelihood of becoming involved in violence, the CDC panel concentrated on “direct protective factors” that may reduce the probability of youth violence. “The scientific foundation for this idea . . . remains very limited,” the panel wrote in a supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that presents the research it generated (Hall JE et al. Am J Prev Med. 2012;43[2S1]:S1-S7).