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Violence Goes to College: The Authoritative Guide to Prevention and Intervention, Second Edition

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John Nicoletti, Ph.D.; Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D., MNM; Christopher Bollinger, Ph.D.
Date Published
390 pages
This is a comprehensive guide for professionals involved in planning ways to reduce violence on college campuses immediately and over the long term, with attention to research on countering violence-related factors such as alcohol abuse, peer pressure, and the need to be accepted socially.
The book is organized into three main sections; the first addresses broad campus violence concerns and violence conceptualization; the second explores general prevention strategies; and the third examines particular forms of campus violence, including sexual assault, rioting, hate crimes, hazing, homicide, nonsexual assault, arson, and bombing. The four chapters of Part I are intended to make college communities aware of the ongoing potential for violence on any campus. One chapter compares violence to a "virus," which can have many "strains." Examples are provided of the kinds of violence that have come to college campuses. Another chapter follows the theme of violence as a "virus" in identifying the factors that make college communities vulnerable to the "infection" of violence. Other chapters in Part I discuss the basic characteristics of violent behavior and alcohol consumption as a catalyst for violence. The six chapters of Part II address strategies colleges can use to prevent violence. Issues addressed are the "red flags" for impending violence, building barriers to violence through various strategies, the use of traditional law enforcement to prevent violence, and preparing for the aftermath should violence occur. Part III consists of eight chapters, each of which focuses on countering a type of violent behavior. These include sexual assault, suicide, hate crimes, hazing, avenging violence, rioting, homicide, physical assault, arson, and bombing. Appended violence response flow charts and a chronology of notorious college campus violent incidents, 575 notes, and author and subject indexes


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