Description: This timely book reviews the research literature and data from a wide variety of sources to create a comprehensive picture of the most significant problems of youth violence, suicide and homicide. It also presents suggestions for potentially useful interventions to counter the trend of violence.
Purpose: The authors' purpose was to integrate two usually disparate data sources, the epidemiological and the clinical, into a unified approach to both the etiology and prevention of youth violence. There are few books available that address this issue and none that do so in such a scholarly fashion.
Audience: The book is written for professionals who work closely with youth and should be useful to educators, mental health practitioners, and clergy as well as the authors' physician colleagues. Better authors for this book could not be found; each is respected and a consummate researcher in his own area of related concern.
Features: The book is rare in the breadth of the references and approaches on which it is based. Theories and data from environmental and developmental psychology are included in addition to the more typical medical/epidemiological and psychiatric data bases generally used to explore the issue of teen violence. Many graphs and data tables add to the success of the integration of varied approaches.
Assessment: This book provides a powerful antidote to the long-held belief that suicide and homicide rates are inversely related. In reality, the rates are parallel and in fact, increasing with alarming speed. Data on the comorbidity of psychiatric disorders in the etiology of suicidal behavior and the paucity of data on the perpetrators of homicide both underscore a direction for future research and usefulness of prevention strategies such as firearm restriction. This book is an important addition to the libraries of those concerned with the well-being of our youth.