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How many kids and teens filled out the violence survey?
A total of over 1500 surveys came in from kids all over the United States and the world; all fifty states participated.
How did you analyze the data that came in?
The first 567 surveys were entered into a computer to analyze the data to get a better understanding of how violent kids were different from nonviolent ones. The other surveys were used to get stories and opinions from kids to further understand their concerns. Any surveys that looked suspicious or odd were discarded. Most kids took the survey quite seriously but there were some kids who were obviously joking. For example, one kid said that when he was angry, he whacked people with a big dildo. Others wrote in the names of friends or peers and told me they had committed violent acts, perhaps as a joke or maybe to get someone in trouble. I threw those out also. Only serious surveys were used.
How did you decide which kids who answered the survey were violent and which were nonviolent?
Kids were considered violent if they 1) had brought a weapon to school; 2) had been in legal trouble for a violent offense; and/or 3) if they had been expelled from school for a violent offense. Kids who were suspended for things like chewing gum or for a nonviolent offense were not considered violent.
How many boys and girls were violent?
There are a lot of violent kids out there! At least according to the survey. 55% of the boys were considered violent and 25% of the girls. The most violent boys came from California, Texas, and New York. The most violent states for girls were Minnesota and Tennessee. The most violent boys were in the 10th or 11th grade and were 15-18. The most violent girls were in 8th grade and age 13-14.
Do violent kids have more learning problems than nonviolent kids?
Not necessarily. The violent boys who filled out the survey on the Internet actually appeared smarter than nonviolent ones and had less academic trouble; 91% of the violent boys were in regular education compared 89% of the nonviolent boys. However, juvenile delinquents whom I personally interviewed in centers and in my practice had the most trouble in school as 30% were in special education.
How do violent kids and nonviolent kids feel about school?
Have you been angry enough to hit or hurt someone?
What are violent and nonviolent kids mad about?
These are just some of the results of the violence survey. If you would like to know more about the violence survey and how violent and nonviolent kids differ, please order your copy of the Scarred Heart: Understanding and Identifying Kids Who Kill (click here to order)