Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser
for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.
In Children Who See Too Much, Betsy McAlister
Groves provides illustrative cases and summarizes overall conclusions from
the Child Witness to Violence Project, a program of the department of pediatrics
at Boston Medical Center. In the introduction, the author explains that the
book "examines what happens when young children witness violence in their
communities and homes." The stories of the children and families "speak strongly
about the ways in which exposure to violence changes the landscape of childhood
forever." The author succeeds in driving home two messages: "many children
in this country are growing up in a sea of violence and violent images, and
it is destroying their abilities to be hopeful and trusting adults"; and "we
as adults have enormous capacity to help these children."
Amaya M. Children and Violence. JAMA. 2002;288(18):2339-2340. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2339