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NCJ Number: 68783 Find in a Library
Title: VIOLENCE IN AMERICA - VIOLENT PEOPLE AND VIOLENT OFFENDERS
Journal: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OFFENDER THERAPY AND COMPARATIVE CRIMINOLOGY  Volume:23  Issue:3  Dated:(1979)  Pages:197-209
Author(s): E M SCOTT
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: WITH THE LARGE DIVERSITY IN TYPES OF VIOLENT OFFENDERS, NO ONE METHOD OF TREATMENT SHOULD BE UNIVERSALLY APPLIED.
Abstract: HOMICIDE, RAPE, ROBBERY, AND ASSAULT ARE RATED AS VIOLENT CRIMES BECAUSE THE THREAT OF BODILY INJURY IS INVOLVED. CHILDREN ARE ALL TOO OFTEN INNOCENT VICTIMS OF VIOLENCE AT THE HANDS OF THEIR PARENTS WHO ARE DRIVEN BY DRINKING, FRUSTRATION, OR A SENSE OF INADEQUACY TO ABUSE THEIR CHILDREN. CHILDREN SOMETIMES COMMIT VIOLENT ACTS AGAINST OTHER CHILDREN, (THE SCHOOL BULLY WHOSE UNSUSPECTING VICTIM BECOMES CONFUSED AT THE UNANTICIPATED VIOLENCE). ADOLESCENTS MAY EXPERIENCE VIOLENCE IN NEIGHBORHOOD GANGS AND AT UNSUPERVISED PARTIES WHERE ALCOHOL LOWERS TOLERANCE LEVELS AND CONFUSES JUDGMENT. HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE BECOME A SCENE FOR VIOLENCE, WITH STUDENTS ATTACKING TEACHERS AND OTHER STUDENTS AND HALL PATROLS TRYING TO STABILIZE THE SITUATION. THE VIOLENCE THAT WAS EXPERIENCED IN THE HOME WHILE YOUNG CARRIES OVER TO ADULT LIFE AND SPOUSE-BEATING. VIOLENCE OCCURS EVEN IN THE STREET THROUGH MUGGINGS BY HIGHLY VOLATILE THIEFS WHO MUST BE TREATED VERY CAREFULLY. VIOLENCE ALSO DEVELOPS AMONG PATIENTS IN MENTAL INSTITUTIONS, IN SUCH CASES, THERAPY SESSIONS HAVE HELPED TO RELIEVE UNRECOGNIZED AND DEEP-SEATED HATRED. GROUP THERAPY HAS SHOWN TO BE EFFECTIVE IN HELPING VIOLENT OFFENDERS WHO HAVE A CONSCIOUS RECOGNITION OF THEIR ANGER. FOR VIOLENT MALE FELONS, RESOCIALIZATION MUST BE ATTEMPTED THROUGH ASSOCIATION WITH A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP TO LEARN NEW VALUES. FINALLY, THE NOTION OF TREATMENT ITSELF BE SOLVED. TREATMENT OR REHABILITATION SHOULD NOT BE CONFINED TO THE RIGID STEREOTYPE OF ANALYSIS. FOR INSTANCE, BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION HAS BEEN PRACTICED FOR YEARS IN PRISONS. WISDOM, JUDGMENT, AND THE RIGHT SELECTION FROM A VARIETY OF TREATMENT MODALITIES ARE CRUCIAL.
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing spouses; Aggression; Behavior modification; Child development; Crime Causes; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Juvenile victims; Problem behavior; Violence; Violence on television; Violent inmates; Violent offenders
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