At the Oregon Social Learning Center, a nationally recognized treatment center for some of the most troubled children, there are lessons in parenting for all of us.
Journal of the American Academy of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, May 1992.
This paper proposes that whatever forces increase impulsivity, irritability,
create paranoia, diminish judgment and curtail the recognition of pain in the
self and others will enhance violence in a human being. Lewis presents evidence
that maltreatment has all of these effects.
It was a horrific incident involving two boys, 7 and 10 years old. How were they dealt with back then? What are their lives like today?
Society, November 1996
A bold, thought-provoking essay on the parent-child relationship. The author
summarizes the evolution of parenting standards and argues that it's time to
throw away the existing paradigm of parenting, which is children are the
property of their biological parents. He details the steps it will take for
society to accept a new social value--parenthood is a privilege.
The Brookings Institute.
If the reasons for at-risk, troubled children all comes back to family
(poor parental practices and a weakened family structure) what intervention
programs are needed? Wilson cites intervention models that have succeeded and
offers ideas for other strategies to help children and adolescents.
Willie Bosket, the protagonist of this book, was 15 when he was convicted
of a double murder. He reputedly is the most dangerous man held in the New York
state prison system.
- Here is an excerpt detailing the pattern of family violence with
Willie and his father, Butch.
- Fox Butterfield's Epilogue for his book, a cogent summary
of the interweaving forces that have produced the surge in juvenile
This March 1997 article looks at the demographics and statistics on youth in
trouble and cites community based prevention strategies to help these
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry prepared this
listing of the range of violent behaviors. It cites factors which increase
risk of violent behavior, describes warning signs and offers strategies to
lessen or prevent such behavior.