Cover of: Ghosts from the nursery | Robin Karr-Morse

About the Book

As the nation becomes alarmed by reports in the media of the growing wave of violent children, Ghosts from the Nursery presents startling new evidence that links aggressive and violent behavior to the effects of abuse and neglect on the infant brain. While violent behavior has typically been traced to adolescence, this book points to the cradle as the genesis of this problem.

In clear and accessible prose, Karr-Morse and Wiley integrate narratives of real children, and interviews from death row, with compelling new research on psychological and physiological brain development. Ghosts from the Nursery demonstrates that positive infant care stimulates the brain's capacity for intelligence, trust, and empathy, while trauma, abuse, and neglect during the first two years of life can lead to the permanent suppression of these important protective capacities. By unveiling previously unseen vulnerabilities and opportunities present in infancy, Ghosts from the Nursery creates a convincing case for a revolution in our beliefs about how to begin to stem the violence currently overwhelming the nation.

Table of Contents

1. Ghosts from the nursery
2. Grand central : early brain anatomy and violence
3. Before we knew it : prenatal exposure to drugs and malnutrition
4. Love's labor lost : adverse experiences in the womb and at birth
5. Jack be nimble, Jack be quick : the disruptive behavior disorders
6. Tea for two : the role of temperament
7. Baby, get your gun : the impact of trauma and head injury
8. The hand that rocks : the impact of early emotional deprivation
9. Where's poppa?
10. All the king's horses
11. And still we wait
Appendix A. Factors in early childhood associated with violent behavior that can be reduced by prevention
Appendix B. Myths about the human brain
Appendix C. Behavioral effects following prenatal drug exposure
Appendix D. The primary prevention of violence : a continuum of programs
Appendix E. Resources.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-347) and index.


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Library of Congress
HQ784.V55 K37 1997

The Physical Object

xiv, 364 p. :
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0871137038, 0871137348
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