Social Scientists call for better prevention of youth violence

An ESF SOC (formerly SCSS) Science Position Paper

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an average of 565 children and young adults die each day as a result of youth violence; and for every youth homicide there are around 20–40 victims of non-fatal youth violence receiving hospital treatment. Over the past decade, significant advances have been made in European evidence-based research on the prevention of violence and bullying. However, despite this progress, there is still a great need for action due to the constantly high numbers of children and adolescents involved in bullying and violence.

The publication exposes current developments and challenges concerning youth violence and bullying and establishes a set of general principles of effective prevention; it gives examples for risk and protective factors at the level of the individual, family, school and neighbourhood/society at large. It finishes with nine recommendations for advances to be made toward a European research policy

“This report is a key step toward governments deciding on intervention and prevention policies that could achieve noticeable population-wide reductions in bullying and aggressive behaviour” claim Tina Malti and Manuel Eisner, authors of the position paper. “This requires close cooperation between local and national governments and prevention researchers.”