Violence and Childhood: How Persisting Fear Can Alter the Developing Child’s Brain
Violence and its associated factors are complex and multidimensional. The present chapter will consider only one of many perspectives from which to examine violence: the impact of violence and fear on the development of the child. More specifically, violence-related neurodevelopmental changes and functional consequences of these alterations in the brain will be reviewed. This view is presented with the hope that some of devastating cost of violence to the individual child, family, community and society can be illustrated from a neurodevelopmental perspective.