Action involving deliberate destruction of or damage to public or private property.
Vandals are people who deliberately damage or destroy public or private property. Vandalism is the behaviour attributed originally to the Vandals. The term also includes criminal damage such as graffiti and defacement directed towards any property without permission of the owner.
Risky behaviours Children as young as preschoolers can show violent behavior. Parents and other adults who witness the behavior may be concerned, however, they often hope that the young child will "grow out of it." Violent behavior in a child at any age always needs to be taken seriously. It should not be quickly dismissed as "just a phase they're going through!" Range of Violent Behavior
Violent behavior in teenager can include a wide range of behaviors: explosive temper tantrums, physical aggression, fighting, threats or attempts to hurt others (including homicidal thoughts), use of weapons, cruelty toward animals, fire setting, intentional destruction of property and vandalism. Factors Which Increase Risk of Violent Behavior( to result to vandalism) Numerous research studies have concluded that a complex interaction or combination of factors leads to an increased risk of violent behavior in children and adolescents. These factors include: *
Previous aggressive or violent behavior
Being the victim of physical abuse and/or sexual abuse *
Exposure to violence in the home and/or community
Genetic (family heredity) factors
Exposure to violence in media (TV, movies, etc.)
Use of drugs and/or alcohol
Presence of firearms in home
Combination of stressful family socioeconomic factors (poverty, severe deprivation, marital breakup, single parenting, unemployment, loss of support from extended family) *
Brain damage from head injury
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