Violence in American Schools: A New Perspective / Edition 1

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Experts from a range of disciplines use a variety of perspectives, notably those of public health, criminology, ecology, and developmental psychology, to review the latest research on the causes of youth violence. The authors examine the nation's schools and communities and school-based interventions that have prevented or reduced violence. They describe and evaluate strategies for the prevention and treatment of violence that go beyond punishment and incarceration. Violence in American Schools offers a new strategy for the problem of youth violence, arguing that the most effective interventions use a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach. This approach takes into account differences in stages of individual development and involvement in overlapping social contexts, families, peer groups, schools, and neighborhoods. This book will be relevant and enlightening to school teachers and administrators, scholars, policy makers, and those who work with young people at risk, as well as by the general reader who is concerned with current social problems.

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"Violence in American Schools could not have appeared at a more opportune time. This book represents the concerted effort of a number of nationally recognized authorities on youth violence. The contributors were charged with preparing coherent, integrated, state-of-the-art summaries of the research on various topics related to youth violence and developing recommendations for the design and implementation of effective prevention measures. The product of their labor is a volume of considerable value." APA Review of Books

"There is much to like about this book. The authors provide an excellent review of the empirical literature. They establish an important set of facts about youth violence and efforts to prevent it. use a host of provocative, complementary perspectives." Contemporary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521644181
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 418
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction: 1. Violence in American schools: an overview Delbert S. Elliott, Beatrix Hamburg, and Kirk R. Williams; Part II. Understanding Child and Youth Violence: 2. Youth violence is a public health concern Margaret A. Hamburg; 3. Social contexts and functions of adolescent virtue Jeffrey Fagan and Deanna Wilkinson; 4. Juvenile aggression at home and at school Rolf Loeber and Magda Stouthamer-Loeber; 5. The interdependence of school violence with neighborhood and family conditions John H. Laub and Janet Lauritsen; Part III. School Based Interventions: 6. Preventing firearm violence in and around schools James A. Mercy and Mark L. Rosenberg; 7. Reducing violence through the schools J. David Hawkins, David P. Farrington, and Richard F. Catalano; 8. Evaluations of school-based violence prevention programs Faith Samples and Larry Aber; 9. Safe school planning Ronald D. Stephens; Part IV. Community-Based Interventions: 10. Exposure to urban violence: contamination of the school environment Raymond P. Lorion; 11. Community policing, schools, and mental health: the challenge of collaboration Steve Marans and Mark Schaefer; 12. Tailoring established after-school programs to meet urban realities Marcia R. Chaiken; Part V. Conclusions: 13. An integrated approach to violence prevention Delbert S. Elliott, Kirk R. Williams, and Beatrix Hamburg.

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