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U-M Study Shows ER Counseling Can Reduce Aggression

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A new University of Michigan study shows that counseling during an emergency room visit can decrease violent behaviors among young people from high-risk neighborhoods.  

The study focused on young men and women from Flint between the ages of 14 and 20 years old.  Some received an intervention at the ER, while others just got a brochure.   

Two months later, participants who went through counseling reported a 10% lower rate of aggressive, violent behaviors compare to those who just got literature.  That same group also reported a positive increase of almost 8% in their confidence level at avoiding fighting behaviors.

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— Jorge Avellan is the Ann Arbor beat reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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