Violence in American Schools: A New Perspective

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Delbert S. Elliott, Beatrix A. Hamburg, Kirk R. Williams
Cambridge University Press, Oct 13, 1998 - Education - 408 pages
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 an overview
Youth violence is a public health concern
Social contexts and functions of adolescent violence
Juvenile aggression at home and at school
The interdependence of school violence with neighborhood and family conditions
Preventing firearm violence in and around schools
Reducing violence through the schools
Evaluations of schoolbased violence prevention programs
Safe school planning
Exposure to urban violence contamination of the school environment
Community policing schools and mental health the challenge of collaboration
Tailoring established afterschool programs to meet urban realities
An integrated approach to violence prevention
Author index
Subject index

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Beatrix A. Hamburg was born Beatrix Ann McCleary in Jacksonville, Florida on October 19, 1923. She was the first self-identifying black woman to graduate from Vassar College in 1944 and the first black woman to graduate from Yale Medical School in 1948. She became a researcher in child development and psychology, working on subjects like school violence and peer counseling for students. She taught at Stanford's School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Her works include Learning to Live Together: Preventing Hatred and Violence in Child and Adolescent Development written with David Hamburg and Violence in American Schools edited with Delbert S. Elliott and Kirk R. Williams. She died from Alzheimer's disease on April 15, 2018 at the age of 94.

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