Murder Is No Accident

Murder Is No Accident

Understanding and Preventing Youth Violence in America

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Authors Deborah Prothrow-Stith and Howard R. Spivak— two prominent Boston-area public health officials who played leading roles in that city's turnaround— show that the key to Boston's success was creating an interdisciplinary citywide movement. The city's movement— made up of educators, community leaders, police officers, emergency room workers, activist teens, teen and family member survivors of violence, and many others— worked for more than ten years to implement multifaceted preventive programs that confronted each risk factor for youth violence, including
  • Positive Role Models: Peer mentoring and teacher-training programs
  • Healthy and Safe Communities: Youth centers, after-school programs, and other organized recreational activities
  • Poverty: Economic stimulus policies to help reduce poverty in inner-city and rural areas
  • Pro-Social Behaviors: Conflict resolution and violence prevention curricula in schools
  • Domestic Violence: Home visitation programs and screening to protect kids from domestic violence
  • Gun Buybacks: Reduction in the number of firearms on the streets

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In 1982, Prothrow-Smith (faculty development/public health practice, Harvard School of Public Health) and Spivak (pediatrics and adolescent medicine, New England Medical Center, Boston) started the Boston Violence Prevention Program in an effort to stem the tide of juvenile violence in their community; as a result of their interdisciplinary citywide movement, Boston has seen a marked reduction in the number of juvenile murders in the past decade. Concerned citizens and community leaders will find an invaluable resource in their text, which provides an overview of the youth violence problem, analysis of the major issues and possible solutions, and discussion of the development of the Boston Program and lessons learned so far. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780787969806
Characteristics: vi, 279 p. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Spivak, Howard R. 1947-

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