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Children in a Violent Society
Osofsky, Joy D., Ph.D. (Edt)
Guilford Publications / Softcover / 1998-08-01 / 1572303875
Violence / Infant, Child & Adolescent
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338 pages
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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
I. Scope of the Problem
1. Children and Youth Violence: An Overview of the Issues, Osofsky
2. Exposure and Response to Community Violence among Children and Adolescents, Jenkins and Bell
3. What Children Can Tell Us about Living in a War Zone, Garbarino and Kostelny
4. Firearm Injuries Affecting U.S. Children and Adolescents, Christoffel
5. Media Violence and Youth, Murray
6. The Experience and Effects of Violence in Infancy, Zeanah and Scheeringa
7. Incubated in Terror: Neurodevelopmental Factors in the "Cycle of Violence," Perry
8. The Development of Violence and Crime as It Relates to Security of Attachment, Fonagy, Target, M. Steele, and H. Steele
II. Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Families Exposed to Violence
9. Interventions with Parents and Caregivers of Children Who Are Exposed to Violence, Groves and Zuckerman
10. Experiencing Violence in a Developmental Context, Marans and Adelman
11. The Trauma/Grief-Focused Group Psychotherapy Module of an Elementary School-Based Violence Prevention/Intervention Project, Murphy, Pynoos, and James
12. The Violence Intervention Project for Children and Families, Osofsky
13. Perceptions of Violence: Children, Parents, and Police Officers, Fick, Ososfsky, and Lewis
14. Violent Cities, Violent Streets: Children Draw Their Neighborhoods, Lewis, Ososfsky, and Moore
15. Cops and Kids: Issues for Community Policing, Jenkins, Seydlitz, Osofsky, and Fick
16. Prevention and Policy: Directions for the Future, Osofsky

About the Editor:
Joy D. Osofsky, Ph.D., is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Louisiana State University Medical Center, where she is also Codirector of the Harris Center for Infant Mental Health, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. A psychologist, Dr. Osofsky has edited or coedited several books, and works with numerous organizations dealing with child mental health, violence prevention, and violence intervention.

"The purpose of [this] book is two pronged: to provide a broader understanding of the problem and to move beyond understanding to present model programs of prevention and intervention. The book is successful on both accounts....Overall, the contributors have held to high standards of scientific accuracy; prevention and intervention projects are based on state-of-the-art behavioral science research and include evaluation components....Would serve well as a text for graduate or undergraduate courses covering issues relating to children and violence." --Science Books & Films

"Anyone interested in understanding the complex threat of exposure to violence to the well-being of our children will benefit from reading and rereading Children in a Violent Society." --Psychiatric Services

"Excellent....Contains an extensive range of information for professionals in the fields of health care, mental health, criminal justice, child advocacy, public health, and social and human services." --New England Journal of Medicine

"One of the most important books that I have seen." --T. Berry Brazelton, MD

"The contributors include some of the leading lights in the field....Children in a Violent Society will serve public health and public safety officials charged with reducing the levels and impacts of violence. Sadly, the overwhelming number of children affected also makes the book a must-read for developmental pediatricians and child mental health workers caring for urban children in the United States."
-Journal of the American Medical Association

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