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Thursday, March 25, 2004

A classic case of stating the bleeding obvious?

 
Shock! Horror!
New scientific research show that:

Family discipline, religious attendance, attachment to school cut levels of later violence among aggressive children

Aggressive 15 year olds who attended religious services, felt attached to their schools or were exposed to good family management were much less likely to have engaged in violent behavior by the time they turned 18, according to a new multi-ethnic study of urban youth by University of Washington researchers.

The study also showed that the likelihood of violence at 18 among aggressive youth was reduced when they had been exposed to several of what are called protective factors, even when they also were exposed to risk factors, according to lead author Todd Herrenkohl, University of Washington assistant professor of social work.

The research, conducted by the UW's Social Development Research Group, assessed the impact of what social scientists describe as protective and risk factors. Protective factors, such as feeling attached to your community and family and high academic achievement, can foster pro-social and healthy behaviors, said Herrenkohl. Risk factors, such as living in a run-down and crime-ridden neighborhood or associating with antisocial peers, can encourage antisocial or unhealthy behaviors.


"Aggressive 15 year olds who attended religious services, felt attached to their schools or were exposed to good family management were much less likely to have engaged in violent behavior by the time they turned 18."

"Living in a run-down and crime-ridden neighborhood or associating with antisocial peers, can encourage antisocial or unhealthy behaviors."

The earth-shattering findings were published in the journal Social Work Research, in a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

These "experts" from the University of Washington are kidding (sic) aren't they? I mean did they really need to be funded to conduct a study merely to discover what all realistic and wise people have always known?...Well, at least all non leftist liberal elitists have always known?

Wise men worked this out long ago without the help of either a PhD or a funded study:

The apostle Paul wrote:
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. "Honor your father and mother." This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise. And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, "you will live a long life, full of blessing." And now a word to you fathers. Don't make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.

Earlier a guy named Solomon said:
Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline. Listen, my child,to what your father teaches you. Don't neglect your mother's teaching. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honour. My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! They may say, "Come and join us. Let's hide and kill someone! Let's ambush the innocent! Let's swallow them alive as the grave swallows its victims. Though they are in the prime of life, they will go down into the pit of death. And the loot we'll get! We'll fill our houses with all kinds of things! Come on, throw in your lot with us; we'll split our loot with you." Don't go along with them, my child! Stay far away from their paths. They rush to commit crimes. They hurry to commit murder. When a bird sees a trap being set, it stays away. But not these people! They set an ambush for themselves; they booby-trap their own lives! Such is the fate of all who are greedy for gain. It ends up robbing them of life.

In the midst of a society enamoured of technology but bereft of those much maligned and politically incorrect "traditional values" we discover that our children are being robbed of life.

We have the answers, bur perhaps we love the questions too much...

11:14:00 pm