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Why do some children become violent?

Michele Borba
Psychology
There is no simple answer as to why our kids become violent, but we do know that children are capable of violent acts. It is a sad truth we must admit. Keep in mind that a child rarely "snaps" overnight. Instead, there is a slow, disturbing trajectory in which the child adopts a view that "violence" is acceptable and there are no other options. There is also a "risk build-up" factor involved in violence. Rarely does one bad event cause a child to be suicidal or homicidal. The steady build-up of those risks (such as the bullying, the peer rejection, the bad home, the school failure, etc.) without anyone replacing the risk with something positive is what causes the final violent act.
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