ISSN 1414-7130 versión impresa
Intrudction: Violence phenomenon in urban centres is undestood as a social process including wide spectrum of forms of aggression having an expansive and multiplying effect not only on the victims but also on the whole society; I for this reason its increase is a source of concern. Objetive: To determine some feature of violent adolescents and their association with some personal, familial and environmental characteristics in youngsters taken care by the National Council for the Youngsters and the Family (1997). Material and Methods: Violent adolescent was defined when having participating in fghts (physical aggression) during the prceeding year. Population: 522 adolescents, both sexes, ages 10 to 21 years, assisted in the National Coucil for the Youngsters and the Family. Survey Instrument: Two epidemiologic questionnaires (including the Present State Examination) to register current pshychic state as well as personal, familial and environmental history. Statistical Analysis: Relative frequency of violent adolescents and association with other variables, by means ot Chi Square test and Relative Risk. Results: With violent behaviour 21.3%. Males showed significant association with diagnosis of disocial behaviour and consume of tobacco, marijuana, cocaine and sedatives. In women significant association was found with diagnoses of mild depression, defian behaviour, history of sexual harassment, and consume of tobacco.
Palabras llave: Violence in adolescence; risk factors and violence; behavior disease and violence in adolescents.
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