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Books, Journals, New Media
November 13, 2002

Children and Violence

Author Affiliations
 

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.

JAMA. 2002;288(18):2339-2340. doi:10.1001/jama.288.18.2339

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."

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