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	In 2003, 5,570 young people ages 10 to 24 were murdered—an average of 15 each day. 82% of them, were killed with firearms. In 2004, more than 750,000 young people ages 10 to 24 were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained due to violence. Of the 5,570 homicides reported in 2003 among 10 to 24 year olds, 86% were males and 14% were females

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 Based on a study by (Mercy et al. 2002; DHHS 2001) These factors  of younger people are commonly attributed to:

	•	History of violent victimization or involvement
	•	Attention deficits, hyperactivity, or learning disorders
	•	History of early aggressive behavior
	•	Involvement with drugs, alcohol, or tobacco
	•	Low IQ
	•	Poor behavioral control
	•	Deficits in social cognitive or information-processing abilities
	•	High emotional distress
	•	History of treatment for emotional problems
	•	Antisocial beliefs and attitudes
Exposure to violence and conflict in the family

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Individual Protective Factors
	•	Intolerant attitude toward deviance
	•	High IQ or high grade point average
	•	Positive social orientation
	•	Religiosity
Family Protective Factors
	•	Connectedness to family or adults outside of the family
	•	Ability to discuss problems with parents
	•	Perceived parental expectations about school performance are high
	•	Frequent shared activities with parents
	•	Consistent presence of parent during at least one of the following: when awakening, when arriving home from school, at evening mealtime, and when going to bed
	•	Involvement in social activities
Peer/School Protective Factors
	•	Commitment to school
Involvement in social activities

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