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002: Understanding and Preventing Violence: Biobehavioral Influences, Volume 2
002: Understanding and Preventing Violence: Biobehavioral Influences, Volume 2
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Violence: directly or indirectly, we are its victims every day. For some people, that means locking doors and windows and turning on porch lights at night; for others, escape is more difficult. In their streets, neighborhoods, and even their homes, violence is a constant threat. The result: a diminished quality of life lived in fear. Violence is everywhere. If we escape its touch ourselves, we are continually bombarded with violent acts and their consequences in the guise of entertainment - in books, movies, and television - or in the daily news. Yet the news media cover only the most sensational crimes, the tip of the massive iceberg of violent crime in America. This coverage, which in some cities includes record-setting garish yearly body counts, tells us - and the rest of the world - that American society is exceedingly dangerous. But how violent are we? How do we measure violence in America, and how many violent crimes, in families and otherwise, go unreported? Are we becoming more violent? What can we do to find the answers to these and countless other questions? Violence has been the subject of a considerable amount of research, but often in unconnected areas or in response to specific violent events, such as assassinations or riots. In Understanding and Preventing Violence, a panel of experts assimilate the diverse research on the patterns and characteristics of violent behavior in the United States, including behaviors that have only recently been recognized as crimes - such as incest and spousal and elder abuse - and search for explanations and ways of altering these patterns and trends. The book describes what we know about certain types of violence, details insights into riskfactors for violence in individuals and situations, and recommends new research efforts with short- and long-term payoffs. Recognizing that our understanding of the causes of violence is limited and that there is a shortage      

Author: National Research Council, Division of Behavioral  

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Publisher: National Academies Press

Publication Date: 1994-02-01

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National Research Council, Division of Behavioral   Paperback


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