Health Watch - Danger: Preventing Violence

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about how medicine can help in case of danger. Science and technology can help people get safely through a difficult situation and can aid in recovery. Medical research may also help find ways of preventing violence in the first place.

Violence is a leading cause of death among teens, and one in three high-school students is involved in fighting. Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center recently conducted a study to find what triggers violence and how it can be prevented. The issues associated with violence vary by cultural groups. Factors can include poverty, depression, smoking and alcohol use.

Dr. Rashmi Shetgiri, a UT Southwestern pediatrician, says one thing that seems to help prevent violence is high expectations. Teens who are expected to succeed are less likely to fight. Support from family and friends also helps prevent fighting.

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March 2011


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