USA : US teens in violence
About one in four US female teens is involved in some sort of violent behaviour at school or at work, according to a government report.
A survey of more than 33,000 girls and women aged 12 to 17 found that 26.7 per cent had been involved in a serious fight at school or work, a group-against-group fight or had attacked someone with the intent to harm the person in the previous year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported on Thursday.
“In the public mind, acts of teenage violence are most commonly associated with boys,” the report observed, but “it is clear that the problem is pervasive among girls as well.”
Males do have a higher rate of violence, the report added, with 33.6 per cent engaged in one of the types of acts in the year before the study.
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