Over the last decade, we have seen a dramatic increase in violent acts perpetrated by youth (Dahlberg, 1998). The school
shootings have awakened the public, the media, community, and mental health professionals to the endemic nature of violence in
our school population. Violence is defined as physically assaultive behavior. Aggravated assaults by males less than 18 years of age
increased by 88% from 1985-1994 while aggravated assaults by females increased by 134% in the same time period (Dahlberg,
1998). A number of studies have documented that a child who is aggressive in his preschool and early elementary school years is at
high risk for being a delinquent during his adolescent years.