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You are going to need to narrow this topic down. I suggest cyberbullying and its link to violence. I think that is a topic that can be further explored. Do some research, and see if you can find a link. I do not think this is limited to just girls.
I am fascinated by the increase in girl-on-girl violence over the past decade. This would narrow your thesis considerably as well as making it interesting for the reader. In addition to physical violence, there is the phenomenon of cyberbullying that girls engage in against each other. Good luck on your paper!
Something that might be interesting to research is the rise or fall of violence with regard to genders. It seems as if our grandparent’s generation dealt with more male perpetrators of teenage violence. My children, however, have grown up in a society where not only are more girls committing violence upon each other, but I have personally heard the parent of a student tell her daughter to, “Go kick her a**.” Well there you go with another potential area for research. Parents with a violent history versus their children’s history.
Another good topic about teen violence would be a comparison of violence in teens who come from homes that are experienceing severe economic problems. In our area we seem to be dealing with more teens who are having problems and when we stert looking at what is going on in their lives we are finding that there are economic problems within their family.
I would think that much of what you could suggest about a thesis about teen violence would be contingent on what evidence you have acquired thus far. I think that this is the first concern. Your gathering of evidence is driven by what it is you want to prove, but the development of the thesis statement cannot exist without taking this factor into account. There is much out there regarding violence and teens, so this should not be a challenge. The site linked below is a bibliography of an article about teen violence and this can be used as a starting point or additional point about collecting evidence. Once you have assembled your evidence and determined what it is you can prove, the thesis statement should be able to be composed.
There is a lot of different angles that you can take on this. Here are few suggestions. First, how about if you looked at teen violence from a demographic point of view? In other words, you can look at teen violence among different ethnic groups. If one is higher, then you can ask why. You can also do this among urban and non-urban areas. Comparative studies can be very illuminating. Also another angle is by looking at the influence of media and music with respect to teen violence. As for sources, do some google searches. If you are a college student, do some searches on JSTOR.
Teen violence is a big and real part of a teenager’s life. Many teens are using drugs and alcohol and become very depressed. This can be dangerous. It can include things like beating someone in school, like slaps someone who is violent. Every child sees violence in their school everyday. They bring a gun or knife to school. If teen is in a bad enough state they could shoot other students or themselves, or maybe a teacher that they feel has been unfair to them. Depression can cause anyone to become violent especially a teenager.
Gang violence among teens is a growing concern; teens in this situation are subject to being shot at, stabbed, or beaten to death. Teens that are involved in gangs are more likely to commit a violent act towards another person, possibly even killing them. The longer a child lives in this type of environment, the more violent they may become.
Teens also see violence in their homes, they may see one parent beaten and abused by the other, and sometimes one of the parents may be guilty of beating their teen. Maybe the other parent is unaware of what is going on or is too afraid to do anything about it. This type of teen violence is not uncommon in today’s society.
As a social worker who used to work with teens, I had a lot of opportunity to observe the patterns of teen violence. One concern that I had was always that society was decaying. Ethically and morally children are losing the value system that was once held as the core of humanity. I could say that I blame it on the media and in many ways I do, but I also blame it on technology and capitalism. Parents who try and install morals in their teens are caught in a battle by social disruption. There are many angry teens in this world. However, the angry adults came first.
I think that a good theory would focus on the increase in anger in teens or their impulsive responses to immediate gratification. The adults in this present day society are angrier than in the past. They live in a hustle world with constant sound and a barrage of expectations. Teens witness the population as a whole struggling to maintain balance. It is no wonder that they are angry.
Thesis: The societal increase in teen anger has led to increased violence by teens.
Just an idea.
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