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'You can try but you won't stop it. It'll always be there': Youth perspectives on violence and prevention in schools.

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JournalJournal of interpersonal violence
DateE-pub ahead of print - 5 Dec 2014
DatePublished (current) - 2015
Issue number4
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)1-25
Early online date5/12/14
Original languageEnglish


The role of schools in preventing violence among teenagers has been highlighted, as has the development of youth-led prevention initiatives. This paper explores how young people's views on violence influence their perceptions of its preventability, drawing on focus group discussions with 14-16 year-olds from six schools across the north of England. Young people view violence as a highly individualised phenomenon and gender norms play an important role in shaping young people's perceptions of the preventability of violence. The findings presented here suggest that school-based violence prevention must fundamentally address gender norms and expectations in order to challenge young people's acceptance and tolerance of violence.

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  • gender , violence, education, youth, schools

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