Salud Pública de México
Print version ISSN 0036-3634
GUERRERO, Rodrigo. Youth violence prevention, what works?. Salud pública Méx [online]. 2008, vol.50, suppl.1, pp. s86-s92. ISSN 0036-3634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0036-36342008000700013.
Violence is currently considered to be both an epidemic problem and a public health problem among youth and adolescents, who represent 31.6% and 20.3% of the overall population of the Americas region, respectively. This paper analyzes the scientific literature on violence prevention as it relates to successful interventions among these populations. Some of the most successful interventions are those related to active engagement of adults with children and adolescents and programs oriented toward early child development and adequate educational practices among parents. The latter is one of the most cost-effective violence prevention interventions for children and adolescents. Efforts to disarm civilian populations during critical periods have also been shown to be effective.
Keywords : violence; youth; interventions; prevention.