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
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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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Contents

Violence in American schools an overview
3
Youth violence is a public health concern
31
Social contexts and functions of adolescent violence
55
Juvenile aggression at home and at school
94
The interdependence of school violence with neighborhood and family conditions
127
Preventing firearm violence in and around schools
159
Reducing violence through the schools
188
Evaluations of schoolbased violence prevention programs
217
Safe school planning
253
Exposure to urban violence contamination of the school environment
293
Community policing schools and mental health the challenge of collaboration
312
Tailoring established afterschool programs to meet urban realities
348
An integrated approach to violence prevention
379
Author index
387
Subject index
399
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