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Teenage and young-adult violence is a growing epidemic With the spreading violence epidemic comes widespread depression We are now seeing more and more depression in younger and younger people We tend to classify angry violent and aggressive adolescents as troubled individuals We try to take these troubled individuals and sequester them from our troubled world We are appalled at the outbreaks of murder in our schools of gang violence and of uncontrolled adolescent anger We pour billions of dollars into police departments and prisons yet the problems continue to grow Both suicide and homicide in the adolescent age group 13 to 21 years old have risen dramatically in the past twenty years Suicidal and homicidal behavior are closely linked in sociological studies and together are just contributing components to the growing adolescent discontent and anger Because the youth are so easily influenced adolescence is a time when children start to use their newly developed powers of logical thinking to see for themselves whether the things theyve been told all their lives by adults especially their parents are really true Incidents of violence involving teenagers in the US have caused many persons to start asking why these things are happening What causes teenage violence they ask Many contemplate the different causes of adolescent violence in their communities Among those causes that are considered are the lack of opportunity in neighborhoods such as joblessness It has also been taken into account that poverty and discrimination play big roles in the lives of the youth The existence of bad neighborhoods may also promote violence Others however deem the television and media responsible for the promotion of violence among teens and young-adults For example many find that movies such as those involving pornography and advertising affect a childs thought and judgment Baffled adults and children ask themselves why there is this sudden growth in violence While many give credence to the increase in unemployment the growing population
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