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Brochures aim to help with youth violence

Dec. 17, 2012 |

WALTHAM – Physicians of the Massachusetts Medical Society have produced a series of 10 brochures to help parents identify and deal with a range of topics on youth violence, including bullying, dating and street violence, violence in the media, and child sexual abuse. They are available free to parents, educators, youth counselors, or others who work with children and youth. Originated by Robert D. Sege, M.D., Ph.D. and developed by the Medical Society's Committee on Violence Intervention and Prevention, the current publications are updated versions of a previous series and contain information from a variety of sources, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and Massachusetts Citizens for Children. They are written by experts in the field of youth violence. Elliot Pittel, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Society's Committee on Violence Intervention and Prevention and a psychiatrist at The Home for Little Wanderers in Boston, called attention to the severity of the problem. "Violence or abuse affecting children occurs in far too many places – in the home, at school, on the street, online, in relationships – and has enormous effects on physical and mental health and we see the results all too often in headlines and news reports," Pittel said. The series includes 10 titles: • Protecting Your Child From Sexual Abuse • When Children Witness Violence in the Home • Bullying Prevention: When Your Child is the Victim, the Bully, or the Bystander • Street Violence: Your Child Has Been Hurt, What You Can Do • Dating Violence: What Parents Need To Know • Protecting Your Child From Gun Injury • Pulling the Plug on Media Violence • Some Myths and Facts About Violence • Time-Out! A Break From Negative Behavior • Raise Your Child With Praise: Tips for Parents of 2 to 5 year-olds The brochures may be downloaded free at www.massmed.org/violence. Printed copies may be ordered individually or in sets from the Medical Society by writing to dph@mms.org or calling 1-800-322-2303 ext. 7373.

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