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NCJ Number: 212440 Find in a Library
Title: Principle-Based Psychology of School Violence Prevention
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:2005  Pages:47-73
Author(s): Thomas M. Kelley; Roger C. Mills; Rita Shuford
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 27
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article proposes that a principle-based, positive psychology of optimal youth development is the most effective means of addressing school-based violence.
Abstract: The discipline of psychology has primarily been interested in studying and understanding psychological dysfunction. Recently, however, there has been a shift in the field, with researchers increasingly turning their attention to learning about optimal psychological development. The authors propose that this focus on optimal psychological development is beneficial to promoting optimal psychological health in youth, thus reducing incidents of school violence. The article explores the psychological paradigm offered by Sidney Banks in the 1970s that suggests that the psycho-spiritual principles of Mind, Consciousness, and Thought operate to create optimal psychological health. Following a description of these three principles, the authors apply the principles to the prevention of school violence, which involves teaching youth to tap into their natural mental health. Classroom conditions conducive to teaching this type of psychology are reviewed, as is the research literature supporting such an approach to psychological health and school violence prevention. References
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; Mental health
Index Term(s): Psychological theories; Psychology; Violence prevention
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