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Title: How to Prevent Violent Criminal Behavior in the Next Generation
Author(s): J Riak
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education
Alamo, CA 94507
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education
P.O. Box 1033
Alamo, CA 94507
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet identifies what causes violent behavior and suggests a strategy for preventing the development of such behavior in children and youth.
Abstract: Mistreatment of children by parents and other primary caretakers beginning in infancy is what causes the emergence of violent behavior. In much the same way that it interferes with the bonding process between child and parent, it stunts the child's ability to become socially integrated with the larger law-abiding community. On the other hand, the child who is reared in an attentive, supportive, nonviolent family will not engage in criminal violence. This booklet proposes a three-step solution to address bad parenting. First, States should rescind legislation regarding children's status that is based on the mythical distinction between spanking and battery. Every State in the United States has such laws. Further, youth should be educated about the importance and nature of good parenting. Educators must assume the responsibility for preparing youth for their most important role in life: parenthood. Further, all new parents should receive sound advice about nurturing, nonviolent parenting. Families deemed high-risk should be enrolled in programs of ongoing counseling and home monitoring. Where needed, skilled counselors should help convince mothers and fathers, grandparents, and other caretakers that the traditional examples they have been shown and the advice they have been given about disciplining children are bad examples and bad advice. 5 references, a 14-item list of recommended readings, and 8 media accounts to support the argument for nurturing, nonviolent child rearing
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Child development; Parent education; Parent-Child Relations; Parental influence; Violence prevention
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