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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ozlem Dubauskas, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: School violence is a subject of nationwide interest. Recently, it has been growing as a scary problem in our society. This book is a comprehensive review of violence in young people.
Purpose: The purpose is to direct attention to violence in schools, explain the underlying mechanisms, and stimulate further research.
Audience: The intended audience is clinicians who work with children and adolescents, teachers, school principals, administrators, politicians, and even parents — practically anybody who has contact with children and adolescents. This book is written by credentialled experts.
Features: The first part attempts to define the extent of the problem and risk factors. The second part includes detailed information about the Columbine school shooting. One of the interesting parts is the diary of a Columbine school social worker. Diagnostic assessment, management, and treatment techniques are also provided in this part. The strategies to deal with people with PTSD after school violence are presented in appropriate language. The third part basically focuses on legal responsibilities in predicting and preventing school violence. Interestingly, one of the authors, a lawyer, gives the legal perspective and the other author, a physician, gives the physician's point of view. The final part covers prevention techniques in a multidisciplinary manner. Strategies for the prevention of school violence in Chicago are taken as an example and presented in great detail. Alternative approaches in prevention of violence are discussed appropriately. The book includes some tables and illustrations to enhance understanding.
Assessment: Approaching a growing problem from different points of view, this book attempts to get every reader to take responsibility in the prevention of school violence. In its attempt to draw attention to this hot subject, this book makes a valuable contribution to the field. It is recommended to those who hope to raise healthy youth and who want to build a healthy future.