Violence counseling in the routine health care of adolescents

Peter Stringham, Michael Weitzman

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Intentional violence is a cause of mortality among teenagers and young adults. Whereas violence-related mortality is fairly well recognized among medical practitioners, the literature contains little information regarding violence-related morbidity or medically oriented approaches to preventing violence. Violence-related morbidity data for ado lescents from one community revealed that 50% of the male respondents experienced at least one pushing or shoving fight per year, and that by age 16 25% had already been threatened by a weapon. These findings provided the impetus to incorporate regular violence counselling into the routine health care maintenance of adolescents at one health center. Our approach to violence-prevention counselling, obtaining a history of violence, and devising a treatment plan is described and advocated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-393
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1988


  • Violence counseling Routine health care maintenance Preventive care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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