In the United States, youth violence is serious problem in the time we live in today because the current young people of this generation are going to be ones representing this country in the near future. The violence of young people are caused for different reasons, such as being bullied, the media, movies, music, depression, lack of relationships with their families and parents, divorces, and so on. It also depends on the child’s life at home, which is important.
A study shows that fifty percent of men who abuse their spouse will abuse their children. A teen growing up with their mother being abused will more likely be a violent teenager and adult, than a teen that grows up in a loving home. Forty percent of teenage girls have friends that have been a victim of some violent act. One in five high school girls has been in a violent relationship with a boy. Teen violence has been a problem for a long time but statistics show that this problem is growing and getting more violent each year. With these numbers being said, family bonding is vital for a child.
Teens, before growing into adults, are still in the developmental stage. When they are young, they learn from what is currently going on in the world and try to figure out who they are. Teens are more likely to engage in violent behavior if they are exposed to: negative peer pressure, a need for respect or attention, feelings of low self-worth, feeling rejected by peers, childhood abuse or neglect, being the victim of violence, witnessing violence in their homes or community, having easy access to weapons, or having a history of anger.
Parents play a huge role in a child’s life. Parents who do not teach and correct the mistakes of their children, the child can be rebellious. Teenagers need their parents when times get hard in their lives. If the parents are not involved in their lives, they do not have anyone to talk to and will feel like they have to deal with life on their own. That is one of the reasons why teens, especially males, make a choice to join a gangs because they feel like they belong. They see it as being a part of a family.
One study found that more than 90 percent of children and adolescents who committed suicide had some type of mental disorder. Stressful life events and low levels of communication with parents may also be significant risk factors. Female teens are about twice as likely to attempt suicide; however, males are much more likely to actually commit suicide.