Violence is a pervasive phenomenon that affects the lives of millions globally. Its relation to life-span human development is two-fold: first, in its consequences for individuals and society and second, because a life-span approach to development can provide important insights into how individuals come to commit violent acts. This entry provides a definition of violence and then outlines its consequences over the life span and, concomitantly, how life-span influences can serve as risk or protective factors for the expression of violence.

Violence Defined and Typed

Violence is defined as the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or a group or community that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or ...

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