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Thugs and ThievesThe Differential Etiology of Violence$
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Joanne Savage and Kevin H. Wozniak

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780195393583

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393583.001.0001

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Theoretical Conclusions and Recommended Policies for Strengthening Violence Prevention

Theoretical Conclusions and Recommended Policies for Strengthening Violence Prevention

(p.257) 13 Theoretical Conclusions and Recommended Policies for Strengthening Violence Prevention
Thugs and Thieves

Kevin H. Wozniak

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, we conclude from the body of findings in previous chapters that the “differential etiology of violence” hypothesis, as a general matter, is supported. Thus, we argue that using general theories of criminality to predict violence, in particular, is not defensible. We also explore the policy implications of the findings reported in this book. We make the case that the timing for significant policy changes is propitious, and we advocate holistic and comprehensive approaches. Returning to the substantive chapters, we provide specific policy implications tuned to violence prevention. The recommendations emphasize developmental prevention, in the form of academic aid, cognitive therapies, and parent interventions. We also emphasize abuse prevention and treatment for abused children. Additional information about poverty and community programs is provided, and we explore some of the difficulties that arise when drug policy is used in attempts to prevent violence.

Keywords:   Violence Prevention, Crime Prevention, Policy, Parent Training, Differential Etiology of Violence, School-based Prevention, Child Abuse Prevention, Communities, Poverty

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