This volume looks at the reasons behind adolescent violence, and illuminates the earlier disturbances in the life history of the adolescent, which contribute to violent behaviour. The contributors look beyond the "why" of the behaviour and offer solutions on how to handle the situation. The contributors are all experienced practitioners and draw from their extensive experience in the consulting room. The concise and thought-provoking chapters discuss such problems as suicidal and self-destructive behaviours, school-bullying, violence towards the parents and violence while in care. This book is full of insights into the common problem of adolescent violence, and it should be required reading for all concerned with the young adults of today. Part of the Forensic Psychotherapy Monograph Series.
Series Foreword -- Foreword -- Introduction -- Understanding self-destructive behaviour in adolescence -- Beyond "bullies" and "victims": a systemic approach to tackling school bullying -- Parent battering and its roots in infantile trauma -- Violence in care -- Working with adolescents who want to kill themselves
'This book throws light on the nature of violence in the midst of a time in life which is not without its own turbulence. It draws on a wide range of knowledge and experience, exploring the different ways adolescents give vent to their violence, whether it be towards others or themselves. It highlights the fear that lies behind so much of the adolescent fury and calls upon all those who are involved - in the family, in the school or community - to build together the emotional and social capacity to hold and contain the strain and tension which is driving the adolescent beyond his or her own control.'- Peter Wilson, Director, YoungMinds