Aggression: Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment

Aggression: Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment

Aggression: Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment

Aggression: Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment

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Our newspapers are filled with headlines of suicide bombings, of armies massing, and of the deaths of children from abuse. Television news reports similar stories and shows us crime scenes in all too vivid color, the crumpled cars that killed mothers and children, and the bloody dead on the sands of Afghanistan. Our world is a dangerous place, made all the more so by our human behaviors. Despite this, there has been little study and even less understanding of the origins of what we do to hurt each other.

This volume is the outcome of two meetings held over the past several years in an attempt to begin to provide the kind of information essential to furthering the study of this centrally important issue. Although Freud speculated about aggression and tentatively postulated a death instinct opposed to the power of Eros, few have explored these issues in continuing and focused research programs. Aggression: Psychiatric Assessment and Treatment provides us with a set of conceptual frameworks, measures of aggression and impulsivity, and a series of approaches to containing the problem. A distinguished group of chapter authors provide us with a summary of what we know and what we need to know, and a set of potential road maps for accumulating the data sets so necessary to future planning of both prevention and treatment.

This is an important and useful book for all of us who care about what the future holds for our children and for the world we have known.

William A. Frosch

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