Reduce physical fighting among adolescents — IVP‑11

Status: Target met or exceeded

Target met or exceeded

Most Recent Data:
18.3 percent (2021)

20.9 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

23.6 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 reported that they had engaged in physical fighting in the past 12 months in 2017

Reduce physical fighting among adolescents

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Adolescents who get into fights are at risk for injury and are more likely to take part in other dangerous behaviors, like substance use and weapon carrying. Many high school students have been in at least 1 fight in the past year. Teaching adolescents life skills, connecting them to caring adults, and creating safe environments where youth live, learn, and play are examples of strategies that can reduce the risk for fighting and related outcomes.