The Future of Preventive Public Health

Frederick P. Rivara

in The Future of Criminology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917938
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950430 | DOI:
The Future of Preventive Public Health

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This chapter looks at the future of preventive public health as applied to interpersonal violence. Drawing on the latest advances in brain violence research, it argues that we need to address from an early age the toxic stress (i.e., repetitive and/or prolonged stress that overwhelms the body’s coping mechanisms) that puts children and youth at greatest risk for involvement in delinquency and violence and it can impair long-term social and emotional functioning. This will not come easy, and opportunities for criminology and public health are explored.

Keywords: interpersonal violence; toxic stress; children; emotional functioning; delinquency; risk factors; social functioning; criminology

Chapter.  2786 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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