Report on Gun Violence Identifies Precursors & Promising Solutions

September 4, 2018

Dr. Dewey Cornell, Psychologist and Professor at the University of Virginia

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In response to recent mass shootings such as the tragedy at Newtown last year, the American Psychological Association has issued a report identifying risks for gun violence and tactics for prevention. One conclusion: because a propensity for violence begins early, a focus on families and communities is important for healthy development.

Dr. Dewey Cornell, psychologist and professor at the University of Virginia, describes the findings of the American Psychological Association on gun violence.

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WE CANNOT PREDICT PRECISLY WHO MIGHT COMMIT AN ACT OF MASS VIOLENCE, BUT WE CAN USE A COMBINATION OF PREVENTION STRATEGIES TO REDUCE THE RISK OF VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY.  SOME EXAMPLES WOULD BE HELPING PARENTS WITH AGGRESSIVE CHILDREN, TEACHING CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS, INCLUDING ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.  ANOTHER PROMISING APPROACH IS BEHAVIORAL THREAT ASSESSMENT WHICH INVOLVES IDENTIFYING AND HELPING INDIVIDUALS WHO’VE COMMUNICATED THREATS OF VIOLENCE.  OUR BOTTOM LINE IS THAT PREVENTION CAN WORK, LET’S GIVE PREVENTION A CHANCE.

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For more information and the full report, visit apa.org.

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