Preventing Youth Violence: Rethinking the Role of Gender and Schools

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Youth violence is a persisting social problem across national contexts. How do we reduce and prevent violence among young people? National and global campaigns and interventions have sought to influence young people’s behaviour and attitudes, yet rates of youth violence have not decreased significantly. Relatively little is known about the way young people define violence and whether they view it as problematic. This book suggests that young people’s perspectives should inform future violence prevention work and that particular attention should be given to how they relate to different forms of violence. This will enable future prevention work to be more targeted and to acknowledge teenagers’ varying understandings of violence. The book indicates that British teenagers consider some forms of violence to be acceptable, understandable and even deserved, and that violence is not always viewed as problematic. It explores the reasons underlying these views on violence and considers how this knowledge can be used in prevention work in schools.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages129
ISBN (Electronic)9781137365699
ISBN (Print)9781137365682
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2014


  • violence
  • gender
  • young people
  • education

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