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There has been a steady increase in the number violent crimes committed by todays adolescence Headlines in newspaper read Two teen kill13 and wound several others Fourteen year old boy kills one and wounds another Incidences like these are shocking society today Why is this violence happening Todays children are growing up in a more violence society Violence is shown on television through video games and through different advertising campaigns Are young kids killing their peers to solve their problems for respect or for curiosity Findings from interview with clinical psychologists correctional workers educators and military personal solve what the problems facing todays youth arePresently crime amongst adolescents is increases at an alarming rate Violent crimes committed by youths have double in the past twenty years This number is expected to double again in the next ten years 50 of youth in a Saskatchewan detention are incarcerated for violent crimes Of all violent crimes committed last year in the Canada seventeen percent of those were committed adolescents equal to that of the United States The rate of violent crimes is decreasing in urban centers but is steadily increasing in rural areasDr Todd Willoughby a clinical psychologist from the Saskatchewan Mental Health Unit in Saskatoon is a member of the High Risk and Violent Offenders Initiative here in Saskatoon Dr Willoughby works with a series of other psychologists social workers and nurses in the psychoeducational assessments for the courts The assessments are done to determine the risk factors that would lead a youth to re-offend and the type of custody that would be suitable for each youth The risk factors that are labeled criminogenic are the ones that seem to be apparent in violent youths Risk factors such as drugs alcohol gang association and occupation of spare time are all major risk factors of a youth Occupation of spare time is triggered by bored frustration angry negative emotions and a sexual outlet
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