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HBSC Network publishes: Physical and Emotional Health Problems Experienced by Youth Engaged in Physical Fighting and Weapon Carrying

Using HBSC study data, researchers examined the possible effects of physical fighting and weapon carrying on the occurrence of physical (medically treated injuries) and emotional health outcomes (multiple health complaints) among adolescents in five countries (Belgium, Israel, USA, Canada, FYR Macedonia). The analysis found that boys reported more frequent episodes of fighting/weapon carrying and medically attended injuries in every country, while girls reported more emotional symptoms. The authors also suggest that the "risky" nature of risk behaviours (drinking, smoking and taking drugs) needs to be assessed from within a cultural context, with their analysis finding that in countries in which violence may be more common, it may prove to be less of a risk factor for health outcomes. This research identified population subgroups, both demographic and social, that are particularly vulnerable and require targeted clinical and public health interventions. With known efficacious strategies including family-based training, school-based strategies involving individual counseling of violent children, the tailoring of interventions to racial or ethnic compositions of communities, with specific attention to family and community influences, as well as more general development of social skills and appropriate conflict resolution

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[26-02-2013 to 23-04-2013]

 


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