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Experts in both child physical and sexual abuse are brought together in this volume, which focuses on both child and adult survivors. Contributors explore innovative treatment and prevention approaches, such as school and community violence prevention programmes, and preparation of children who have to testify in court.

Interrupting the Cycle of Violence: Empowering Youth to Promote Healthy Relationships
Interrupting the cycle of violence: Empowering youth to promote healthy relationships
David A.Wolfe
ChristineWekerle
DeborahReitzel-Jaffe
CarolynGrasley
Anna-LeePittman
AndreaMac Eachran

Violence against women and children is rooted in sociocultural influences, many of which begin to exert their influence in childhood and adolescence (Health and Welfare Canada, 1989; National Research Council, 1993). Children with a history of family disruption and violence have an elevated risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violence, especially during mid- to late-adolescence (Dutton, 1994; Widom, 1989). Peers who condone violence, media images tinged with sexist and violent behavior, and a lack of positive role models also contribute to the enhancement of beliefs and attitudes that foster myths and stereotypes about intimate relationships.

Developmental and social learning theories propose ...

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