Treating youth violence in hospital and emergency department settings

Jonathan Purtle, Patrick M. Carter, Rebecca Cunningham, Joel A. Fein

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Youth violence is a significant US public health problem and a leading cause of adolescent morbidity and mortality.1 Homicide is the third leading cause of death among youth aged 10 to 24 years and has been the leading cause of death among black youth for well over a decade.2 Violently injured youth are at high risk for repeat injury; with recent data indicating that violent reinjury rates among urban youth treated in the emergency department (ED) are as high as 37%.3 Furthermore, these youth have high rates of involvement with severe and escalating forms of violence, with almost 60% reporting involvement with firearm violence as either a victim or aggressor within 2 years after receiving care for an assault injury.4

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-363
Number of pages13
JournalAdolescent Medicine: State of the Art Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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