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NCJ Number: 150453 Find in a Library
Title: At the Roots of Violence: The Progressive Decline and Dissolution of the Family
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:38  Issue:2  Dated:(Summer 1994)  Pages:105-116
Author(s): G B Palermo; D Simpson
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 12
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reflects on the origin of the family and the relationship between the decline of the family in society and the rise in violence.
Abstract: Historically, the family has provided for the needs of its members as well as certain protective boundaries. The family teaches its members social and moral values and passes on to them a sense of social responsibility. As a basic component of society, the family plays a role in the dissolution of cultures when it no longer carries out its basic functions. Factors leading to a healthy family and its maintenance include not only trust, affection, autonomy, and initiative, but the presence of a good genetic pool, a private and mutual territory for spouses, and the existence of a family myth that provides symbolism, values, and structure. The authors' major premise regarding violence is that social frustration creates insecurity, hostility, and confusion which often find an outlet as domestic violence. Halting the progression of the dissolution of the family should be a concerted effort involving sociologists, educational and religious leaders, parents, and politicians, with the ultimate aim of reestablishing societal values and reducing violence. 26 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Crime prevention planning; Home environment; Societal norms; Violence causes
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