Risk factors associated with the violent behavior of young people in Mexico Factores de riesgo asociados a la conducta violenta de los jóvenes en México
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© 2018, Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Economia. All rights reserved.Using Ecopred 2014 (Encuesta de Cohesión Social para la Prevención de la Violencia y la Delincuencia), this paper studies the risk factors that are associated with the violent behavior of young people aged 14 to 18 years in Mexico. We find two main categories of risk factors that are correlated with the violent acts of shouting, hitting objects, hitting people, carrying weapons or being arrested in which young people participate: 1) factors related to addictions (drugs or alcohol) and 2) violence at home or in the immediate environment (violence generates violence). More serious acts of violence (carrying weapons or being arrested) are more correlated with addiction-related factors, while less severe acts of violence (shouting, hitting objects, or hitting people) are correlated with both addiction-related factors and violence in the environmental factors.