Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence - New and Revised Edition

Ghosts from the Nursery Tracing the Roots of Violence New and Revised Edition This new revised edition incorporates significant advances in neurobiological research over the past decade and includes a new introduction by Dr Vincent J Felitti a leading researcher in the field

  • Title: Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence - New and Revised Edition
  • Author: Robin Karr-Morse Meredith S. Wiley T. Berry Brazelton
  • ISBN: 9780871137340
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • This new, revised edition incorporates significant advances in neurobiological research over the past decade, and includes a new introduction by Dr Vincent J Felitti, a leading researcher in the field When Ghosts from the Nursery Tracing the Roots of Violence was published in 1997, it was lauded for providing scientific evidence that violence can originate in the wombThis new, revised edition incorporates significant advances in neurobiological research over the past decade, and includes a new introduction by Dr Vincent J Felitti, a leading researcher in the field When Ghosts from the Nursery Tracing the Roots of Violence was published in 1997, it was lauded for providing scientific evidence that violence can originate in the womb and become entrenched in a child s brain by preschool The authors groundbreaking conclusions became even relevant following the wave of school shootings across the nation including the tragedy at Columbine High School and the shocking subsequent shootings culminating most recently in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut Following each of these media coverage and public debate turned yet again to the usual suspects concerning the causes of violence widespread availability of guns and lack of mental health services for late stage treatment Discussion of the impact of trauma on human life especially early in life during chemical and structural formation of the brain is missing from the equation Karr Morse and Wiley continue to shift the conversation among parents and policy makers toward fundamental preventative measures against violence.

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    1. This is one of the most informative books I've read this year. It looks at cases of extremely violent children (ones who kill other people's infants, are arrested for violent crimes while under the age of 10, that sort of thing) and looks at the possible causes, focusing on about 4 months into gestation and 3 years of age. This isn't so much a book about parenting, though, as it is about raising awareness that our country does not have an effective system in helping parents and children in less [...]

    2. Do you ever wonder where the roots of violence start? In "Ghosts from the Nursery" it takes a look at the different possible starting places of violence. It uses facts, research, and actual stories as supporting evidence of the early impacts of violence. As the book examines the stories of children and their backgrounds in which have led to the violence of their futures it explains how these factors cause the future violence. I wanted to read this book to help write my research paper on the psyc [...]

    3. I read this a few years ago, and unfortunately don't remember any details now. It's about how brain damage at the prenatal level and infant stage of development can lead to the capacity for violence later on. The focus is on kids who kill, and the authors pick some case studies and talk to kids on death row and their families, to build their case that things happened very early on at the neurological level that messed up these kids' development. I remember certain things about this book being ab [...]

    4. This is a heavy read for the mental health professional. It can come across a little over-the-top in some cases, but I was very moved when I read this text several years ago. I do believe it helped instill me with compassion for children I work with who were biologically set up to have difficult experiences.

    5. Given my familiarity with the works of Dr. Bruce Perry, the bulk of information in this book was not new to me and the first couple of chapters were perhaps a bit redundant…at being said, it is extremely crucial and worthwhile reading for every one. I would absolutely recommend this book.

    6. Very informative book that explains the cause and affect of early childhood trauma. What I would have liked more of is a sense that we could heal the psychological wounds, and how to do it on all levelsbut maybe that's another book.

    7. A "must read" for every foster and adoptive parent (and all those from within the system) that support them and the children in their care!

    8. A must-read for anyone who plans (or not) to be a parent, caregiver or teacher. Do not read late at night. Do not read if you wish to remain insulated and inert.

    9. An important book on the vulnerability of children especially in the first three years of life as how influences outside of their control can impact them long term.

    10. I am not giving this book a fair review. Rather than basing my review on the content, I am allowing myself to be influenced by the abject despair that I experienced while reading it. And that's really not fair because this book has some great information. See, back in the good old days, the thinking was that any trauma that occurred before age 2 or so (that is, prior to verbal memory) could not be remembered and therefore, had no lasting effects on the individual. Newsflash: Not only does early [...]

    11. The objective of this book is to make readers aware of the importance of the first period of a child’s life. The back cover refers to ‘startling new evidence’ that violent behaviour is fundamentally linked to abuse and neglect in the first two years of life. But who is the intended audience?My assumption is that the audience is policy makers and relevant professionals. While the book is relatively easy to read, it is not one that I would choose to give an intending parent. Which is not to [...]

    12. this book is really interesting. i had to read it for my english class. the whole book is arguing that the first 2 years, and the time spent in the womb are the most vital time period for a child and will determine how the child's brain will develop and percieve things in the future. this book looks at the increasing rate of young people that are committing horrific crimes, and looks at why this is happening, looking at these people's childhoods specifically. the things i didn't like about this [...]

    13. Don't read this book while you're pregnant; the hormones don't seem to mix well with guilt you're sure to enjoy when you discover just how detrimental even a whiff of vodka or thoughtless mis-handling of the Xerox toner cartridge can be during those crucial initial 90 days of pregnancy. Those, as well as, oh, the nine or so years prior to Junior's conception; those years aren't safe, either. Trust me, you're going to have PLENTY to feel guilty about in the years to come. Do yourself a favor and [...]

    14. This was a hard book to rate. There is a lot of great information in the book about infant mental health, it is very readable (while still being scholarly), and it very persuasively makes it's point. That said, I had a tough time reading it - I couldn't put it down because I just wanted the book to be over. The authors choose to very explicitly describe some of the violent acts committed by youth, which was sickening, especially since I have a nine-month old. Additionally, the book itself is dep [...]

    15. I read this book at a very influential time in my life when I was just learning about the importance of early intervention for at-risk kids. The authors trace the roots of violent behavior to abuse and neglect that happens prenatally and in the first two years of life. They present brain research proving that people who have committed violent crimes actually have a different brain structure than the average person. Lots of revealing case studies are included. The book is 10 years old now and pro [...]

    16. I've been reading this book for my "explore anger" class. Lakeside offers this class for Act 48 credit. This is a very well researched and eye-opening book. It reveals how important considerate care and nurture is to a child's first few years of life (including the 9 months in the womb).Basic gist: Have kids while you're married (though don't marry a crazy person), don't drink/do drugs while prego, and love your kids - then they'll be 75% less likely to be involved in a violent crime.

    17. Intriguing look into the events or more likely the lack of events that leads a child (and adult) into the world of violence. Validating that love and attention to children shapes their world. Early intervention with abused and neglected children can have life changing effects. We owe it to our society.

    18. This book is about how the source of violence can sometimes go all the way back to a child's experiences in utero and in the crib. I read this for my job, so I viewed it from a policy perpective. In that sense, it was great and very englightening. On a personal note, I find it far-fetched that moderate neglect sets a foundation for violence better than gang involvement.

    19. Another book on how families and society create violence and the neurology of trauma. This book was written in 1997, which just goes to show how long we've known that trauma, neglect, and abuse in early childhood development impacts the neurology of the developing brain, and can result in psychological disorders and violent offenders.

    20. A very interesting book, but a bit dry. I have a better understanding now of what goes so terribly wrong with the lives of violent criminals, but although the writers give positive steps that can be taken to change these outcomes I don't have much hope that our society will ever be willing to pay for them.

    21. wonderful book!! very good info about brain development and simply overall development on babies, and how that affects us for the rest of our lives - and how our experiences as babies influences propensities to violence. a fantastic read, highly recommend!

    22. I did not read the newest version, but the 1997 printing, which only emphasizes the author's message, making their point more vivid in it's warning. The messages are clear, science-based, and yet strangely ignored in the psychiatric, political, and General American community. A book for everyone.

    23. This book was at times chilling. The stats it quotes and information about how we are failing our children were sobering. The book was very academic and took a lot of thought to understand. I am very glad I read it-but I doubt I will ever read it again.

    24. I read this for one of my Criminology courses this semester and really liked it. This is one of the few textbooks that I actually read. It's informative and interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to learn more about the biology of criminality.

    25. This was a tough book to read. Not scholarly, but the stories that were discussed were quite gruesome. I ended up skipping to the one chapter I had to "teach" for a class and didn't actually finish the whole thing.

    26. This is an astounding book to readoffering insights to why our youth are following paths so different than our own.

    27. Must read if you're interested in how the inital 18 months of life directly affect the rest of a person's criminal choices.

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