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February 4, 1998

Children and Violence: Children in a Violent Society

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for software


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JAMA. 1998;279(5):405-406. doi:10.1001/jama.279.5.405-JBK0204-3-1

Far too many American children are reeling from the effects, both physical and psychological, of a generation of unprecedented violence. Fifteen years ago, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop convened a conference on youth violence, signaling the acceptance of violence epidemiology and prevention as genuine areas of concern for public health officials in the United States. In the ensuing years, the epidemiology of youth violence, its behavioral correlates, and the role of environmental influences—from family patterns to poverty, from television to handguns—have been explored and debated. More recently, Garbarino has pointed to the inner lives of children living in war zones, pointedly including children who live in US cities.