Top 10 Causes of Violence, According to Young People

The following list and its order is based on interviews with youth in the nation's most violent neighborhoods, conducted by the National Campaign to Stop Violence, run by Washington, D.C. attorney Dan Callister, with support from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jack Anderson and financial support from the Kuwait-America Foundation.

Top 10 Causes of Violence in the Order that Children Cited Them

    1. The Media
    2. Substance Abuse
    3. Gangs
    4. Unemployment
    5. Weapons
    6. Poverty
    7. Peer Pressure
    8. Broken Homes
    9. Poor Family Environment / Bad Neighborhoods
   10. Intolerance / Ignorance

Source: Jack Anderson. "Lucifer on the Loose" in Meridian Magazine, 2000. URL:

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