chapter  15
Measurement of Aggression in Children and Adolescents
ByShana E. Cyrulnik, David J. Marks, Jeffrey H. Newcorn, Jeffrey M. Halperin
Pages 26

INTRODUCTION A national report by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (1) found that 9% of U.S. high school students had carried a weapon to school within the previous 30 days. Furthermore, 44% of crime guns traced back to their owners belonged to individuals younger than 25, and 11% of the crime guns belonged to juveniles younger than 17. In 1997, 1400 homicides involved a juvenile offender, and this figure is probably an underestimate. These data clearly

indicate that aggression and violence among children and adolescents is a leading public health concern.