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In response to instances of violent acts involving children and teens both as victims and perpetrators, the Maine Legislature passed a resolve to study the issue and to identify and describe the extent of the problem among children, teenagers, and young adults in Maine. Results of a survey (n=542) designed to: (1) ascertain the perceptions of health professionals, educators, law enforcement personnel, and others concerning the nature, causes, and extent of the problem; (2) develop a list of statewide resources; and (3) assess the need for additional resources, are reported. Extensive statistics and tables describe the problem in Maine. The four most common types of violent behavior reported were: verbal harassment (96%); aggressive behavior (90%); threatening physical harm (85%); and, fist fights, hair pulling, etc. (76%). The perception of respondents was that violence is a problem in their communities, but more of a problem in other parts of Maine. Factors associated with the home were more frequently seen as fostering violent behavior than community factors. Results on prevention techniques, conflict resolution in particular, are discussed. Appendices include a copy of the survey and respondents' professions. (JBJ)

Descriptors: Adolescents, Aggression, Antisocial Behavior, Children, Conflict Resolution, Crime, Delinquency, Health Personnel, Police, State Norms, State Surveys, Surveys, Victims of Crime, Violence, Youth Problems

Author: Hart, Suzanne K.; And Others


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