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Ghosts from the Nursery : Tracing the Roots of Violence



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  • Ghosts from the Nursery : Tracing the Roots of Violence
    Ghosts from the Nursery : Tracing the Roots of Violence


One in twenty children born today will spend some part of his or her adult life in jail. During the last thirty years, violent crimes committed by youth have risen by 371 percent. Cutting to the heart of this alarming trend, Ghosts from the Nursery gives startling new evidence that violent behavior is fundamentally linked to abuse and neglect in the first two years of life.
In absorbing and accessible prose, Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley present case histories of "children who kill," along with the latest in brain development research.
Ghosts from the Nursery compellingly demonstrates the poisonous effect that neglect, abuse, trauma, injury, and toxicity have in the first thirty-three months of life - and makes a convincing case for a revolution in our beliefs about the care of babies.

Author Biography

Robin Karr-Morse served as the first executive director of the Oregon Children's Trust Fund, the state's major effort to prevent child abuse statewide.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Ghosts from the Nurseryp. 1
Grand Central: Early Brain Anatomy and Violencep. 17
Before We Know It: Prenatal Exposure to Drugs and Malnutritionp. 47
Love's Labor Lost: Adverse Experiences in the Womb and at Birthp. 83
Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick: The Disruptive Behavior Disordersp. 99
Tea for Two: The Role of Temperamentp. 125
Baby, Get Your Gun: The Impact of Trauma and Head Injuryp. 149
The Hand That Rocks: The Impact of Early Emotional Deprivationp. 175
Where's Poppa?p. 221
All the King's Horsesp. 241
And Still We Waitp. 273
Factors in Early Childhood Associated with Violent Behavior that can be Reduced by Preventionp. 299
Myths About the Human Brainp. 301
Behavioral Effects Following Prenatal Drug Exposurep. 303
The Primary Prevention of Violence: A Continuum of Programsp. 305
Resourcesp. 311
Endnotesp. 315
Bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 349
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