Violence among youth continues to be a serious public health concern across the nation. Researchers have increasingly argued that effective violence preventions efforts and practice must consider the lived experience of youth. Retaliatory violence (i.e., violence in response to a perceived attack or threat) is a major concern and risk issue for young people, and has been increasingly linked to lethal violence. Primary care and mental health practitioners can play a vital role in helping young people who struggle with retaliatory violence to understand the emotions and decisions associated with these situations. However, there is limited research advising clinicians on how to help youth negotiate these issues in treatment.
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