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Building up frustrations and not knowing how to relieve them generally results in becoming a "pressure-cooker" in need of erupting. 1

About one in three high school students say they have been in a physical fight in the past year, and about one in eight of those students required medical attention for their injuries. 2

Adolescents who are exposed to violence in their neighborhood feel vulnerable and unable to control their lives. These feelings can lead to helplessness and hopelessness. Such young people may turn to violence as a way of asserting control over their surroundings. They may arm themselves or even join a gang for protection. 3

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1. Robert C. Grosz, Ed.D., The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2004.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Youth risk behavior surveillance U. S., 2001. Surveillance Summaries, MMWR, 51(SS-4), p. 5., June 28, 2002.
3. Singer, et al., Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services, 1994, 1995.

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