HIGH-RISK KIDS CHECKLIST
By Glenn Peters, Ph.D.
James Garbarino, Ph.D. in his book Lost Boys, Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them, discusses the factors involved in children and adolescents becoming violent. His report on current research makes it clear that this society is going through a crisis. The crisis concerns the amount of kids that are turning to violent behavior. He also discusses why some high-risk kids developed more positive life styles, even though many environmental and temperamental factors were loaded against them. One positive factor appears to be the availability of a positive attachment figure. He gives many specific case examples to back up his conceptualizations.
This checklist is a quick way to determine whether a child or adolescent shows some of the signs of being a high-risk kid. It is by no means an exhaustive list and is meant to be only an aid in understanding, not a complete categorization of high-risk kids. If a child or adolescent shows these characteristics it might be worthwhile to seek professional assistance to gain more information:
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