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June 2004

Adolescent Violence: Is It the Same Everywhere?

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(6):592-594. doi:10.1001/archpedi.158.6.592

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.