Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence

Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence


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Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence by Robin Karr-Morse, Meredith S. Wiley

This new, revised edition incorporates significant advances in neurobiological research over the past decade, and includes a new introduction by Dr. Vincent J. Felitti, a leading researcher in the field. When Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence was published in 1997, it was lauded for providing scientific evidence that violence can originate in the womb and become entrenched in a child’s brain by preschool. The authors’ groundbreaking conclusions became even more relevant following the wave of school shootings across the nation including the tragedy at Columbine High School and the shocking subsequent shootings culminating most recently in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Following each of these media coverage and public debate turned yet again to the usual suspects concerning the causes of violence: widespread availability of guns and lack of mental health services for late-stage treatment. Discussion of the impact of trauma on human life—especially early in life during chemical and structural formation of the brain—is missing from the equation. Karr-Morse and Wiley continue to shift the conversation among parents and policy makers toward more fundamental preventative measures against violence.

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ISBN-13: 9780871137340
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 459,066
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

ROBIN KARR-MORSE is a family therapist in private practice. She is the former Director of Parent Training for the Oregon Child Welfare System, previously the founding Director of the Oregon Children’s Trust Fund and is currently the founding Director of the Parenting Institute. She is a consultant to several policy groups working to reimagine and shift social policy from its sole focus on remediation toward prevention of trauma in children’s development. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

MEREDITH S. WILEY is the former State Director of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids New York. She lives in Mariposa, California. Karr-Morse and Wiley are coauthors of Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease.

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Edward M. Kennedy

Everyone knows that investments in children pay off. This book will make you realize as never before the importance of the 0-to-3-year-old period in every child's life. Ghosts from the Nursery shows the heavy price society pays for child abuse and neglect. This book skillfully takes a very real and frightening issue and encourages us to work harder to end it.

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This book is impelling. I'm reading it for a project on brain development and child abuse and out of all of the documentation I have read thus far, this book is an eye opener. It is a very easy read. The smoothness of this book and the impact provided by each chapter, makes it a difficult book to put down. I believe this book will open the eyes of many, including helping those who have been abused as children, along with the people close to them. It reveals a clear understanding of how the consequences of abuse can be life-long and never ending. The insight the book provides, may open all of our eyes to a possible new beginning creating an awareness for all, and therefore, assisting us in molding a new future for all, both as individuals and as a society. Caring for our children in a positive, nurturing way will create a society reflective of that.