Public and academic interest in youth and community violence has grown with school shootings, horrific cases of child abuse, and reports of domestic abuse becoming regular news features. Research on interpersonal violence has had a corresponding progression, but there is a tendency by researchers to examine these issues at the individual level, rather than considering the micro- and macro-level causes, correlates, and outcomes for those affected directly andindirectly by violence.Edited by four leading violence researchers, Violence in Context takes the more systemic view, offering a critical appraisal of research and theory that focuses on violence in youth, families, and communities. Authors investigate the ways in which violence is defined and understood, how risk and protective factors promote and inhibit violence in the groups most responsible for the socialization of youth, and how violence and related behaviors differ by gender, race, and ethnicity. Arich analysis of the field familiarizes readers with some of the most compelling approaches to violence prevention, including interventions that begin at infancy with families at risk. Every chapter examines the latest research on violence prevention, with a goal of moving towards the multi-system, integratedintervention models and approaches that will incorporate the social context of violence across settings and population subgroups.The result is a valuable interdisciplinary book for scholars, practitioners, and students that provides a comprehensive overview of published studies, limitations of research findings, and a thoughtful discussion of the ways in which future research can build on what is currently known about the causes, consequences, and prevention of violence in different settings.
Todd I. Herrenkohl, PhD, is Associate Professor at School of Social Work, University of Washington.
Eugene Aisenberg, PhD, is Associate Professor at School of Social Work, University of Washington.
James Herbert Williams, PhD, is Dean and Professor at Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.
Jeffrey M. Jenson, PhD, is Philip D. & Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk and Associate Dean for Research at Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver.