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New Book Examines Public Health Approach to Youth Violence Prevention

Youth Violence: Interventions for Health Care Providers

Editor: Robert D. Ketterlinus, PhD

Washington, D.C., August 19, 2008 Although violent crimes have declined significantly since 1990, homicide remains the second leading cause of death among youths ages 10 to 24 in our nation. Unfortunately, despite the severity of the issue, many health professionals lack the information needed to indentify and intervene to prevent youth violence.


A new book published by the American Public Health Association aims to fill this information gap and advance the field of youth violence prevention. The book, Youth Violence: Interventions for Health Care Providers, provides a comprehensive review of the causes and consequences of intentional youth violence and identifies evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can be used by health care professionals, especially those working in emergency departments.


“Emergency department staff and other health professionals are well-positioned to intervene with young victims of violence using a public health approach,” said Robert D. Ketterlinus, PhD, who edited the book and authored several of its chapters. “The book helps fill a gap in the literature on interventions designed to help health care professionals address intentional youth violence. Health care professionals can use this book to find out what works and what doesn’t work as they develop their own programs.”


Youth Violence contains information on using a public health approach to build a strong foundation for hospital-initiated youth violence prevention and intervention programs. It includes a comprehensive review of the causes and consequences of intentional youth violence and identifies evidence-based programs. The book also provides the theoretical and practical guidance that health care providers need to design prevention programs targeted to intentional youth violence.


Intended for health care professionals in medicine, social work and mental health, Youth Violence will also benefit administrators, advocates, community service providers and any others interested in learning more about violence prevention among youths.


Ordering Information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-87553-188-5, 242 pages, cost is $38.50 ($28.50 for APHA members), plus shipping and handling. To order: call toll free (888) 320-APHA; fax (888) 361-APHA; e-mail or visit


Please send your request for a review copy on letterhead to APHA Publications Marketing, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710, or fax to (202) 777-2531.

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