In the United States, unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death for children and homicide is the second leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. Youth violence results in considerable physical, emotional, social and economic consequences.
ACCORDS' Child Program research in the area of violence prevention has been led by Dr. Sigel, who is in his final year of a K award focusing on identifying youth at risk for violence perpetration in the primary care setting. He has developed a screening tool, the Violence Injury, Protection and Risk Screen (VIPRS) that he is now studying in both the school setting and the primary care setting. Future work will include linking youth who are identified as at risk for violence perpetration in the clinic setting with interventions to help decrease future violence perpetration, and the sequalae related to violence involvement. The ACCORDS Child Program is also assisting faculty at the Kempe Center in studying the effectiveness of an intervention administered to parents with the aim of decreasing the incidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome.