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NCJ Number: 212444 Find in a Library
Title: Characteristics of School Violence and the Value of Family-School Therapeutic Alliances
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:2005  Pages:133-146
Author(s): Patricia E. Hudson; R. Craig Windham; Lisa M. Hooper
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 14
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the importance of including families and communities in interventions to reduce school violence.
Abstract: Media attention of recent school violence has heightened fear of school violence among parents and students and has ushered in the development of school-based violence prevention programs. Perpetrators of school violence are influenced by myriad factors, including their peer group and their cultural and family environments. As such, programs designed to reduce school violence that are solely school focused are less likely to be as effective as programs that focus on a broad range of factors likely to contribute to violence, such as home and community life. Indeed, the main point of this article is that if school violence is to be eradicated, steps must be taken by not only schools, but by parents and communities as well. Several successful violence intervention approaches that incorporate a family component are described, including the Seattle Social Development Project, Multisystemic Therapy, and the Prevention Intervention program. A multidisciplinary approach to youth violence prevention is suggested as the authors call upon school counselors and family therapists to form collaborative partnerships in the reduction of school and community violence. References
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; Violence prevention
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Family counseling; Family intervention programs; School based family services
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