Study: Teen fighting rates dip then rise in U.S.

      Adolescent physical fighting remains a significant public health concern. In a recent study, fighting among teenagers had shown to have dipped in{} 19 European and North American countries from 2002 to 2010. However, in the U.S., the rates of fighting decreased from 11. 8 percent in 2002 to 10. 1 percent in 2006. The unfortunate finding is that the prevalence of fighting crept back up to 10.6 percent in 2010.

      The study also finds that socioeconomic conditions can contribute to fighting. The study, released in Pediatrics, only took into account the number the of fights that occur in school among students ages 11 to 14. Research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention{} shows that teen violence, among students in the 9th to 12th grades, in the United States has been steady over the last decade, with 12 percent of students admitting to being in a fight at school.

      On Friday's "Focus @ 4," hear what experts say contributes to youth physical fighting, also learn how some local students are working to resolve conflict through peer mediation programs.