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Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence

Handbook of Children, Culture, and Violence

February 2006 | 536 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This Handbook provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of childhood violence for students, scholars, and policymakers. A great many books have been published on children and violence, but the majority approach the topic from a single disciplinary perspective and most often concentrate on children as victims of violence. In contrast, this book incorporates perspectives from across disciplinary bounds - psychology and human development, commnication, family law and public policy, criminology, human services - and examines children as consumers and perpetrators of violence, as well as victims, for the broadest possible view on the impact of a culture of violence in children's lives.
Nancy E. Dowd
Dorothy G. Singer
Prologue: Developmental Variations Among Children and Adolescents: An Overview of the Research and Policy Implications
Part I. Children as Victims
Naomi Cahn
1. Child Witnessing of Domestic Violence
Thomas D. Lyon and Mindy B. Mechanic
2. Domestic Violence and Child Protection: Confronting the Dilemmas in Moving From Family Court to Dependency Court
Robin Fretwell Wilson
3. Sexually Predatory Parents and the Children in Their Care: Remove the Threat, Not the Child
Diana E.H. Russell and Natalie Purcell
4. Exposure to Pornography as a Cause of Child Sexual Victimization
Ross E. Cheit and Laura Braslow
5. Statutory Rape: An Empirical Examination of Claims of “Overreaction”
Charles Putnam and David Finkelhor
6. Mitigating the Impact of Publicity on Child Crime Victims and Witnesses
Part II. Children as Consumers of Violence
John Cech
7. The Violent Shadows of Children’s Culture
Nancy Signorielli
8. A Preliminary Demography of Television Violence
Joanne Cantor
9. Protecting Children’s Welfare in an Anxiety-Provoking Media Environment
Barbara J. Wilson and Nicole Martins
10. The Impact of Violent Music on Youth
Dale Kunkel and Lara Zwarun
11. How Real Is the Problem of TV Violence? Research and Policy Perspectives
Douglas A. Gentile and Craig A. Anderson
12. Violent Video Games: Effects on Youth and Public Policy Implications
Laurie N. Taylor
13. Positive Features of Video Games
Brendesha Tynes
14. Children, Adolescents, and the Culture of Online Hate
Catherine J. Ross
15. Constitutional Obstacles to Regulating Violence in the Media
Part III. Children as Perpetrators of Violence
Susan P. Limber
16. Peer Victimization: The Nature and Prevalence of Bullying Among Children and Youth
Ellen de Lara
17. Bullying and Violence in American Schools
Mark R. Fondacaro and Lauren G. Fasig
18. Judging Juvenile Responsibility: A Social Ecological Perspective
Richard E. Redding
19. Adult Punishment for Juvenile Offenders: Does It Reduce Crime?
Matthew Owen Howard, Michael K. Dayton, Kirk A. Foster, Michael G. Vaughn and John L. Zelner
20. Psychopathy Assessment and Juvenile Justice Mental Health Evaluations
Barbara Bennett Woodhouse
21. Cleaning Up Toxic Violence: An EcoGenerist Paradigm

"Addresses childhood and adolescent violence from a fresh perspective:  the experiential world of the child and adolescent.  This is needed….The editors have succeeded in organizing an impressive, interdisciplinary group of contributors.  Balanced and thorough, the book should be very appealing to the intended audiences….It integrates a wide scope of material under the general topic, and by an excellent cadre of contributors."

James Howell
National Youth Gang Center

"By bringing together the literatures and crossing disciplinary lines, the book should have wide cross-disciplinary appeal….The key strength is the idea of an integrated approach to children and violence that includes children as consumers, victims, and perpetrators of violence….I think that any scholar working in the area of child and family violence would like a book like this one….It advances understanding of children and violence and is an excellent resource book for policy makers."

Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Virginia Commonwealth University

"…an excellent contribution to diverse fields (e.g., psychology, law, sociology)….The content is broad but appropriate in each of the three sections."

Eric F. Dubow
Bowling Green State University

"A book with a unique perspective that will bring together research across several disciplines.  It's helpful to have such a single source that provides an overview of the research on children and violence in several different contexts."

Amy Nathanson
Ohio State University

"The Editors and Contributors to this volume are excellent.  I am especially familiar with Dr. Singer's work, which is superb."

Brad Bushman
University of Michigan

"The papers are well written and reflect timely information that is well documented from research, and also explore policy implications within each area."

D. S. Pierson
Idaho State University

"Each chapter contains recommendations for legislators, policy makers, researchers, and families. This book should be on the desk, and minds, of legislators, attorneys, social workers and other mental health professionals who encounter and wish to ameliorate the effects of violence in the lives of their young constituents, clients, and patients."


Pamela R. Melton
University of South Carolina

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