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Childhood is ideally a time of safety, marked by freedom from the economic, sexual, and political demands that later become part of adult life. For many children, however, particularly those who live in our inner cities, childhood is increasingly a time of danger. In the urban war zones of Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., children grow up with firsthand knowledge of terror and violence. This book examines the threat to childhood development posed by living amid chronic community violence. Most importantly, it shows caregiving adults such as teachers, psychologists, social workers, and counselors how they can work together to help children while they are still children—before they become angry, aggressive adults.
By the time they were five, virtually all the children in a public housing project had firsthand knowledge of shootings, stabbings, and homicide. They lived not in Beirut but Chicago. Now the authors reveal how chronic violence affects a child's growth, exploration, and psychological development and show how teachers and social workers can help "to restore the child to childhood."
The Meaning of Danger in the Lives of Children.
Children in War Zones: From Mozambique to Chicago.
The Developmental Toll of Inner-City Life.
Clinical Outcomes: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Resilience and Coping in Children at Risk.
School as a Refuge: The Importance of Early Intervention.
Ramon and His School: A Case Study.
Developing Supportive Settings for Children at Risk.
Helping Teachers Help Children.
The Healing Role of Play and Art.
Giving the Most to Those Who Need It.