edited by Colette Chiland and J. Gerald Young (The Child in the Family, vol 11), 232 pp, with illus, $30, ISBN 1-56821-235-6, Northvale, NJ, Jason Aronson, 1994.
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This text does not provide simple answers. It does provide a spectrum of thought for the serious professional who is concerned about the interaction of children and violence.
Subjects dealt with include brain structure and chemistry, fatal domestic violence, alcoholism, residential treatment, community violence and child development, the earthquake in Armenia, street children in Brazil, television and the formation of a superego, and pertinent aspects of philosophy, Greek classics, and Freud.
The text begins with a philosophical and psychological perspective, which states that all therapeutic work must be completed, since brief programs "leave the child in a state of distress." (This philosophy is in sharp contrast to projected mental health funding.) The chapter on brain mechanisms covers a mass of topics and ends with a long bibliography and the observation that the environment has a powerful ability to shape nonaggressive behavior. The note is hopeful but contrasts with the power
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