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Preventing another Columbine: Youth violence prevention conference

Tragedies like the Columbine school shooting have highlighted the problem of violent acts committed by adolescents and young adults. The general public and media often view the phenomenon as a moral or social issue. Recently, however, researchers in the field of neuroscience, biology, anthropology, and psychiatry have joined forces to examine the causes of adolescent violence from a public health perspective.

To examine the roots of youth violence and discuss the latest strategies for preventing interpersonal violence among youth, the New York Academy of Sciences is sponsoring a three-day conference, Scientific Approaches to Youth Violence Prevention, on April 24 26 at the Caspary Auditorium at The Rockefeller University, New York, NY. More than 20 experts from a variety of disciplines are expected to attend, including scientists from countries such as the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and Canada.

The conference will highlight important new findings in the study of youth violence. Experts believe that violence is the product of the interaction among a variety of biological, psychological, and social variables. The economic, cultural, and historical processes underlying youth interpersonal violence will be examined in detail. Using the public health model, the conference will stress the importance of preventive, as opposed to merely retributive, approaches to the problem.

"For some time, the social and biological sciences have focused their attention on the issue of youth violence and on strategies for preventing it," said Dr. John Devine, co-organizer and Coordinator of the Comprehensive School Safety Project for the Center for Social and Emotional Education in New York City. "This conference represents a rare opportunity for true interdisciplinary dialogue."

The symposium will be of interest to researchers and practitioners with a variety of interests and backgrounds, including neuroscientists, pediatricians, psychiatri
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Contact: Jennifer Tang
jtang@nyas.org
212-838-0230 x257
New York Academy of Sciences
6-Apr-2004


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