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Murder Is No Accident. Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence in America. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2214720
  • Book
  • November 2003
  • 288 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Authors Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Howard R. Spivak - two prominent Boston-area public health officials who played leading roles in that city's turnaround - show that the key to Boston's success was creating an interdisciplinary citywide movement. The city's movement - made up of educators, community leaders, police officers, emergency room workers, activist teens, teen and family member survivors of violence, and many others - worked for more than ten years to implement multifaceted preventive programs that confronted each risk factor for youth violence, including
  • Positive Role Models: Peer mentoring and teacher-training programs
  • Healthy and Safe Communities: Youth centers, after-school programs, and other organized recreational activities
  • Poverty: Economic stimulus policies to help reduce poverty in inner-city and rural areas
  • Pro-Social Behaviors: Conflict resolution and violence prevention curricula in schools
  • Domestic Violence: Home visitation programs and screening to protect kids from domestic violence
  • Gun Buybacks: Reduction in the number of firearms on the streets
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Part One: The Problem.

1. A Shocked America: The Epidemic Spreads.

2. Who Are We?

Part Two: Issues and Solutions.

3. What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?

4. Understanding Risk and Resiliency.

5. Guns: Escalating the Consequences.

6. It’s the Television, Stupid.

7. The Demonization of Youth.

8. Girls and Violence: Rambettes.

9. Violence at Home.

Part Three: What Happened in Boston.

10. Violence Is Preventable.

11. The Movement Grows.

Part Four: Lessons Learned.

12. There Is No One Model.

13. The System Is Part of the Problem.

14. Going Into the Future.


Further Reading.

About the Authors.


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Deborah Prothrow-Stith
Howard R. Spivak
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