ERIC Number: ED356600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Call for Violence Prevention and Intervention on Behalf of Very Young Children.
Zero to Three/National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Arlington, VA.
The Study Group on Violence is recommending the implementation of several initial steps that can begin to alleviate the repercussions of pervasive violence in U.S. homes, individual communities and society as a whole. When the Study Group began examining the impact of violence on very young children, their families and practitioners, it realized from the outset that there are no simple solutions to the complex issues surrounding violence. The paper notes that family violence, community violence, and societal violence are all on a similar continuum, have an impact on each other, and frequently affect the same individuals. It notes the continual barrage of violence in the community and the media, and the desensitization that results. The paper then calls for a multisector approach to the problem of violence, with a three-point agenda: (1) a family-centered approach to addressing trauma/prevention; (2) a realignment of values to provide incentives that support nonviolent choices; and (3) informed comprehensive public policy strategies for reducing violence. The paper emphasizes that the entire society, from the individual, to the family, to the government and institutions, must lend a hand in providing assistance. (JDD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Zero to Three/National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Arlington, VA.
Note: Funding also provided by the Philip and Lynn Straus Foundation.