Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jan 6, 2009 - Psychology - 256 pages
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Ten years after the school massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, school shootings are a new and alarming epidemic. While sociologists have attributed the trigger of violence to peer pressure, such as bullying and social isolation, prominent psychologist Peter Langman, argues here that psychological causes are responsible.

Drawing on 20 years of clinical experience, Langman offers surprising reasons for why some teens become violent. Langman divides shooters into three categories, and he discusses the role of personality, trauma, and psychosis among school shooters. 

From examining the material evidence of notorious school shooters at Columbine and Virginia Tech to addressing the mental states of the violent youths he treats, Langman shows how to identify early signs of homicide-prone youth and what preventive measures educators, parents and communities can take to protect themselves from the tragedy.


  

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Review: Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters

User Review  - RJ Wood - Goodreads

I believe that Langman's purpose for writing this book was to inform many about why kids truely do kill. He showed the psychological view of why many kids acted the way they did. Langman wrote thid ... Read full review

Review: Why Kids Kill: Inside the Minds of School Shooters

User Review  - Dona - Goodreads

The author had a clear thesis and he set about proving it with well-cited research. He examines the cases of several school shooters, dividing them into three categories: psychopathic, psychotic, and ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Note Regarding the Text
BEYOND THE SOUND BITE
PSYCHOPATHIC SHOOTERS
2I AM THE LAWTWO PSYCHOPATHS
PSYCHOTIC SHOOTERS
3A GOD OF SADNESSA SCHIZOTYPAL YOUTH
5EVERY MANS NIGHTMARETHREE TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN
THE BIGGER PICTURE
6BEYOND THE TYPOLOGY
7KIDS CAUGHT IN THENICK OF TIME
8WHAT CAN BE DONETO PREVENT SCHOOLSHOOTINGS
Notes
Bibliography
Index

4NONE OF THIS IS REALFOUR SCHIZOPHRENICS
TRAUMATIZED SHOOTERS

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About the author (2009)

Peter Langman is the Clinical Director of psychology at KidsPeace (www.kidspeace.org), an organization that helps kids overcome emotional crises. Winner of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association's 2008 Psychology in the Media Award, he has over 20 years of experience treating at-risk youth, specializing in kids with homicidal tendencies. He has appeared on CBS, BBC, and CBC. He is the author of a number of works on mental health. Please visit www.schoolshooters.info.

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