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Two sides of the coin: Multi-level prevention and intervention to reduce youth violent behavior.

Abstract:  The prevention and intervention literature on youth violence often reads as if written from different sides of a divided Germany—with the same anachronistic sense.  The intervention literature speaks about psychotropic medication, family systems, diagnostic labels, genetic influenc eon receptor sites, and psychometric measures. The prevention literature speaks of self-esteem, neighborhoods, bad peers, resliency, school failure, conflict resolution (or anger management), and mentoring.  These approaches create an illusion of unrelated causation, yet the domains are actually closely related. This chapter integrates the false diachotomy, showing how the so-called different views are really different sides of the same coin. When seen as the same coin, much greater potential exists for effective prevention and intervention.

Relevance to PAXIS’ Work:  This paper reveals one of the most profound aspects of human behavior, including aggression and violence. Specifically, human behavior probability follows a mathematical formula. This same formula also predicts how the brain wires neurons together. Understanding this central finding that dates back to data for more than 100 years empowers far better action to prevent violence, drug addiction, other illegal behaviors as well as better actions to encourage children and youth to do better in school, be healthier and more prosocial with others.