The main research objective is to understand the violent behavior of adolescent perpetrators of violence in residential care (14 – 18 years old) in Bulgaria, Austria and Spain (with focus on Catalonia) and to analyze the existing programs for youth violence prevention and interventions to combat violent behavior of adolescents in order to outline the effective ways to deal with repeated youth violence. Thus, the study aims at sketching best practices, new directions and approaches to be used in programs and services for social intervention, as well as stronger preventive strategies for repeated violent behavior.

To reach the main research goal, the study examines the social contexts, situations and mechanisms that create the phenomenon; the risk and the protective factors involved in the development of youth violence, and the ways in which the state reacts to it – in terms of perception of the phenomenon, and applicable laws, regulations and measures taken to reduce the problem.

Regarding the context of the research the researches investigates the following:

  • A quick overview of youth violence in each country of the study, in terms of volume, type and structure;
  • Depict the system of combat with violent behavior of adolescents and outline its main strengths and weaknesses per country;
  • Identify the potential gaps between the systems/services for prevention and the present risks and needs, reviewing the existing programs and services for prevention and intervention to combat repeated violent behavior of adolescents.

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