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Health Tip: Recognize Warning Signs of Youth Violence

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(HealthDay News) -- People who are prone to violence often have trouble controlling their behavior, the American Psychological Association says.

The group says there may be tell-tale signs that a young person is about to "act out," such as:

  • Having a history of violent or aggressive behavior.
  • Being young at the first violent incident.
  • Having been a victim of bullying.
  • Having a history of discipline problems or frequent conflicts with authority.
  • Being a victim of early child abuse or neglect.
  • Having seen violence at home.
  • Having a history of cruelty to animals.
  • Having a significant mental illness.
  • Being callous or lacking concern for others.
  • Having a history of vandalism.

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