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NCJ Number: 157288 Find in a Library
Title: Violence in Society
Editor(s): P J Taylor
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 214
Sponsoring Agency: Royal College of Physicians of London
London, NW1 4LE, England
Publication Number: ISBN 1-873240-47-3
Sale Source: Royal College of Physicians of London
11 St Andrews Place
London, NW1 4LE,
United Kingdom
Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Chapters discuss the origins and causes of violence, mental disorder and violence, victims and survivors of violence, and evaluation of the clinician's role in addressing violence.
Abstract: The editor first examines aspects of and characteristics of violence and aggression that make it a concern of health practitioners, both in the diagnosis and treatment of offenders and victims. Chapters on the origins and causes of violence include a discussion of social dominance as a way of understanding the fundamental purpose of aggressive behavior, including fighting. An analysis of aggression at various levels of social complexity focuses on individual aggression, aggression between groups, and factors that maintain the institution of war. Other chapters on the origin and causes of violence consider the roots and role of violence in development, contemporary psychological research into violence, and women as violent offenders and violent patients. Chapters that address mental disorder and violence consider the link between mental illness and violence, violence as an expression of individual personality dynamics, alcohol-related violence, and drug-related aggression and violence. Three chapters on victims and survivors of violence discuss the management of disasters and stress in police officers involved in the aftermath of violence, children as victims and survivors, and everyday violence and the experience of crime. Two chapters on the evaluation of the clinician's role address reconviction as a measure of psychiatric efficacy and the furthering of medical and psychological understanding of violence. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Victims of violent crime
Index Term(s): Aggression; Biological influences; Crime in foreign countries; Criminology; Drug Related Crime; Female offenders; Medical evaluation; Mental disorders; Police occupational stress; Psychological research; Social conditions; Violence causes
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