|Even though Anthony lives in a neighborhood with a lot of crime and gang violence, he usually manages to stay out of trouble. He plays football on his high school team and with the guidance and support of his coach, has kept his grades up and his eye on the future. But then an argument at practice spilled over to the classroom and Anthony was suspended for fighting. Forced to sit out the last two games of the season, Anthony retaliated by skipping school and hanging out with some guys in his neighborhood. Anthony’s coach has called his parents to school for a meeting to talk about what they can do to make sure Anthony gets his life back on track.
(*) This fact sheet is based on a comprehensive review of the scientific literature, including computer searches of major bibliographic databases (e.g., PsycINFO, MEDLINE/PubMed, EBSCOhost) looking for epidemiological studies that evaluated what factors make boys more or less prone to certain outcomes. The literature search was limited to scholarly journal articles and government documents published in 2000 and later unless an article was a seminal piece in the field or contributed to tracking trends over time. The statistics provided are from the most recent year for which data were available. Where possible, data related specifically to boys are included, but when these data were not available, data on youth, ages 10 to 18, are provided.