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Predictors of a New Typology of Youth Violence
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by Scott R. Weaver and Katherine Dunham - State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
This exploratory study examined risk and protective factors for youth violence, with a new and more comprehensive measure of 6 subtypes of violence, to determine if some factors are predictive of certain violence subtypes and not others. A convenience sample of 131 college undergraduates provided data on locus of control, perceived parenting style, affective empathy, history of violent behaviors, academic performance, father presence throughout childhood and adolescence, and demographic variables via a self-report survey. The analyses revealed that different factors predicted each of the 6 subtypes and total violence scores, and not always in the predicted manner. The subtypes of violence examined in this study and their predictors have the potential to contribute to the design of violence prevention and intervention programs.