Preventing Violence: Research and Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies is the only book available that offers current data-based analyses from leaders in violence prevention with a strong scientific perspective. Contributors examine a range of violence that occurs in our culture, including child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner violence, and suicide. Because evidence shows that a cycle of violence seems to begin with child maltreatment—which includes not only child physical and sexual abuse but also neglect—the contributors examine the possibility of connecting the disparate intervention areas in both research and practice. Contributors often draw on large-scale studies conducted by the government in their discussions of approaches to violence prevention. The suggested research and intervention programs highlight the role of cultural competence, a phenomenon whose importance has been determined empirically.

Violence is a serious public health problem that can be prevented. This book offers methods to accomplish that goal through programs at all levels of society, from school-based interventions to changes in government policy. Psychologists, public health officials, and policy makers working to stop violence will find it an invaluable resource for science-based solutions.

Table of Contents




  1. Introduction
    —John R. Lutzker and Jennifer M. Wyatt

I. Evidence-Based Research: Child Maltreatment and Youth Violence

Section Introduction: Child Maltreatment Prevention

  1. Etiology and Surveillance in Child Maltreatment
    —Melissa K. Runyon, Maureen C. Kenny, Eloise J. Berry, Esther Deblinger, and Elissa J. Brown
  2. An Evidence-Based Perspective on Interventions to Stop or Prevent Child Abuse
    —Mark Chaffin and Susan Schmidt
  3. The Pursuit of Wellness for Victims of Child Maltreatment: A Model for Targeting Relevant Competencies, Contexts, and Contributors
    —John W. Fantuzzo, Rebecca J. Bulotsky-Shearer, and Christy M. McWayne

Section Introduction: Youth Violence Prevention

  1. Predicting and Preventing Youth Violence: Developmental Pathways and Risk
    —Linda L. Dahlberg and Thomas R. Simon
  2. School-Based Interventions for Youth Violence Prevention
    —Albert D. Farrell and Suzanne Camou
  3. Bullies and Victims: A Challenge for Schools
    —Pamela Orpinas and Arthur M. Horne

II. Developing Research Arenas: Intimate Partner Violence and Suicide

Section Introduction: Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

  1. Etiology and Surveillance of Intimate Partner Violence
    —Ileana Arias and Robin M. Ikeda
  2. Interventions to Address Intimate Partner Violence: The Current State of the Field
    —Cris M. Sullivan

Section Introduction: Suicide Prevention and Crosscutting Issues

  1. Suicide Prevention
    —Carl C. Bell, Jerome Richardson, and Morris A. Blount, Jr.
  2. Bringing the Agendas Together: Partner and Child Abuse
    —K. Daniel O'Leary and Erica M. Woodin
  3. The Role and Function of Culture in Violence Prevention Practice and Science
    —Le'Roy E. Reese, Elizabeth M. Vera, and Leon D. Caldwell
  4. Violence Prevention in the 21st Century: Merging Agendas and Creating Impact
    —John R. Lutzker, Jennifer M. Wyatt, and Phaedra S. Corso

Author Index

Subject Index

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