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Preventing youth violence : opportunities for action
  • Published Date:
    June 2014
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  • Description:
    Foreword -- Preventing youth violence: opportunities for action -- Focus on youth violence prevention -- Youth violence: a leading cause of death and physical injury for young people -- Violence-related behaviors reported by youth -- Youth violence remains a critical problem -- The impact of youth violence is not the same for all young people and communities -- Youth violence is a costly problem -- There is not just one cause of youth violence -- Early prevention is important -- Importance of broad prevention strategies -- Evidence-based youth violence prevention -- Key prevention strategies -- Evidence-based prevention approaches and programs, policies, and practices -- Are available to move youth violence prevention strategies forward -- Evidence that youth violence can be prevented -- Prevention can save money -- Partners and leaders in understanding and preventing youth violence -- Role of CDC in youth violence prevention -- Implementing evidence-based youth violence prevention activities -- Opportunities for action -- Seizing the opportunity and responsibility to prevent youth violence -- References -- Acknowledgements -- Appendix A. Development of preventing youth violence: opportunities for action.

    Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action was prepared by the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which works to promote the health and safety of all Americans and provides essential human services. CDC is also a part of a larger community of federal and nonfederal organizations who support the healthy development of youth, families, and neighborhoods.

    Representatives from many federal and nonfederal partners reviewed selections of early working drafts of this resource and provided constructive suggestions. From HHS, these partner agencies include the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families; National Institutes for Health; Offices of the Assistant Secretary of Health; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; Office of the Surgeon General; and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Additional suggestions were sought from more than 25 nonfederal individuals and organizations that have expertise in youth violence prevention and in public health approaches to promoting youth and community safety and well-being. These nonfederal experts were drawn from diverse sectors, including city and state public health departments, public health practitioners, research and academic institutions, law enforcement, education, business, youth serving organizations, and other health promotion and violence prevention organizations.

    As CDC developed the initial outline and drafts for Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action, suggestions were sought from partners through a process spanning a year and a half. The purpose of this process was to receive candid and critical comments to assist in the development of this resource and to ensure that it is grounded in research and guided by the best available evidence and practice. First, comments on the development of the document were solicited from the general public through the Federal Registry between January 19 and February 21, 2012. All received comments were considered during the development and revision of this resource. Then, between March and April 2012, representatives from HHS and nonfederal organizations provided input on drafted sections. Working drafts were shared and comments were solicited multiple times from HHS partners during this period. Between May and June 2012, external peer reviews were conducted by David Hawkins, Ph.D. and Deborah Gorman-Smith, Ph.D. Finally, through the end of 2012 and into mid-2013, federal and nonfederal partners gave input into clarifying language and examples that could help the evidence-based action steps be clear and useful to groups who have a role in preventing youth violence, such as parents and youth. Each of these stages helped to strengthen Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action and informed the development of its companion resource, Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence. Throughout the development process, many constructive comments were received that helped to shape these materials. However, partners were not asked to approve the final documents.

    Suggested citation: David-Ferdon C, Simon TR. Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014.

    CDC-INFO Pub ID 221783

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