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Survey Finds Youth Benefit From Violence Prevention Programs

April 22, 2014

Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal has published “Youth Exposure to Violence Prevention Programs in a National Sample.” This paper is based on research from the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), a study that OJJDP sponsors on the prevalence of children’s exposure to violence. The survey findings show that two-thirds of children ages 5–9 and three-quarters of youth 10–17 years old have benefited from formal bullying or violence prevention programs. The researchers found that school-age children had lower levels of both peer victimization and perpetration, while older youth made more disclosures about victimization to parents and authorities.

NatSCEV, funded by the Department of Justice, consisted of a national sample of 4,500 children and youth ages 1 month to 17 years in 2011.

Resources:

Learn about the Attorney General's Defending Childhood initiative.

Learn more about OJJDP's series on the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence.