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1st Edition

Children in a Violent Society

Edited By

Joy D. Osofsky

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ISBN 9781572303874
Published October 16, 1998 by Guilford Press
338 Pages

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Book Description

Today's children are bombarded with images of violence in cartoons, news reports, television shows, computer games, movies, and other media. In growing numbers, they are also exposed to real-life violence in their own homes and communities - as witnesses, victims, and, increasingly, perpetrators. Emphasizing the need for early intervention and prevention, this timely book details the incidence and scope of the violence epidemic and examines the developmental impact of violence on children. Contributors describe several exemplary prevention and intervention programs currently in place around the country and propose a range of educational and policy initiatives.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Scharf. Part I: Scope of the Problem. Osofsky, Children and Youth Violence: An Overview of the Issues. Jenkins, Bell, Exposure and Response to Community Violence among Children and Adolescents. Garbarino, Kostelny, What Children Can Tell Us About Living in a War Zone. Christoffel, Firearm Injuries Affecting U.S. Children and Adolescents. Murray, Media Violence and Youth. Zeanah, Scheeringa, The Experience and Effects of Violence in Infancy. Perry, Incubated in Terror: Neurodevelopmental Factors in the "Cycle of Violence". Fonagy, Target, Steele, Steele, The Development of Violence and Crime as It Relates to Security of Attachment. Part II: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Families Exposed to Violence. Groves, Zuckerman, Interventions with Parents and Caregivers of Children Who Are Exposed to Violence. Marans, Adelman, Experiencing Violence in a Developmental Context. Murphy, Pynoos, James, The Trauma/ Grief-Focused Group Psychotherapy Module of an Elementary School-Based Violence Prevention/Intervention Project. Osofsky, The Violence Intervention Project for Children and Families. Fick, Osofsky, Lewis, Perceptions of Violence: Children, Parents, and Police Officers. Lewis, Osofsky, Violent Cities, Violent Streets: Children Draw Their Neighborhoods. Jenkins, Seydlitz, Osofsky, Fick, Cops and Kids: Issues for Community Policing. Osofsky, Prevention and Policy: Directions for the Future.

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This is one of the most important books that I have seenViolence is increasingly a major influence in our children's lives. Unless we begin to think preventatively, violence in their world is bound to escalate and they are bound to be more vulnerable to it. This volume approaches it from a preventative standpoint, and covers the impact on our infants and children if we don't move to prevent violence in their world. - T. Berry Brazelton, MD, The Brazelton Center for Infants & Parents