Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Children in a Violent Society

Academic journal article American Journal of Psychotherapy

Children in a Violent Society

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JOY D. OSOFSKY, ED.: Children in a Violent Society. Guilford Press, New York, 1997, 328 pp, $38.95, ISBN 1-57230-183-X.

This edited book is a detailed review of the problem of childhood violence in our society with two major sections: 1. The scope of the problem; 2. Prevention and intervention programs.

All the authors underscore in various ways that we live in a violent society with strong negative impact on our children and youths. This is a theme that resonates with public opinion and the media. The chapters in the first section cover exposure and response to community violence, what children tell us of living in an urban war zone, firearm injuries, media violence, impact of violence in infancy, neurodevelopmental factors, and relationship of violence to security of attachment. These chapters conceptualize the problem and its impact from many different points of view with relevant references, but there is still very limited definitive research to document theory in this, an admittedly very difficult, multifactorial, hard-to-study field.

The second section was of special interest because it described programs that are being carried out in different communities. The editor's initial paragraph in the overview chapter is worth repeating for this review: "It is unrealistic to expect that intervention programs alone can in any way solve the youth violence problem in the United States that continues to escalate at an astounding rate, particularly among young males. …

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