What impels human beings to harm others - family members or strangers? And how can these impulses and actions be prevented or contolled? Heightened public awareness of, and concern about, what is widely perceived as a recent explosion of violence - on a spectrum from domestic abuse to street crimes - has motivated behavioural and social scientists to cast new light on old questions. Many hypotheses have been offered. This volume sorts, structures and evaluates them. The author draws on contemporary research and theory in varied fields - sociology, clinical psychology, psychiatry, social work, neuropsychology, behavioural genetics, child development and education - to present an integrated summary of what we currently know about the causes and effects of violence. Throughout, she emphasizes the necessity of distinguishing between different types of violent behaviour and of realizing that nature and nurture interact in human development. There are no simple answers and many well-accepted "facts" must be challenged. Controversial issues such as physical punishment and violent television programming receive special attention. The volume is intended as a resource for all those concerned with violent offenders and their victims - and for their students and trainees.
L. Erlbaum Associates
Englander, Elizabeth (1997). Understanding Violence. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates