Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997 - Family & Relationships - 364 pages
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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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Review: Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence - New and Revised Edition

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Given my familiarity with the works of Dr. Bruce Perry, the bulk of information in this book was not new to me and the first couple of chapters were perhaps a bit redundant….that being said, it is extremely crucial and worthwhile reading for every one. I would absolutely recommend this book. Read full review

Review: Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence - New and Revised Edition

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This book was at times chilling. The stats it quotes and information about how we are failing our children were sobering. The book was very academic and took a lot of thought to understand. I am very glad I read it-but I doubt I will ever read it again. Read full review

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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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