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Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families

James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick, and Rima Salah


Can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how we raise our children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community. In this book, experts from a range of disciplines examine the biological and social underpinnings of child development and the importance of strengthening families to build harmonious and equitable relations across generations. They explore the relevance to the pursuit of peace in the world, highlight directions for future research, and propose novel approache ... More

Keywords: peace, conflict, child development, families, violent conditions, intervention

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027984
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027984.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James F. Leckman, editor
Yale School of Medicine

Catherine Panter-Brick, editor

Rima Salah, editor

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Foundations for a New Approach

1 Peace Is a Lifelong Process

James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick, and Rima Salah

2 Framing Our Analysis

Robert A. Hinde and Joan Stevenson-Hinde

3 Ecology of Peace

Pia R. Britto, Ilanit Gordon, William Hodges, Diane Sunar, Cigdem Kagitcibasi, and James F. Leckman

Human Biological Development

4 Peptide Pathways to Peace

C. Sue Carter and Stephen W. Porges

5 Epigenetics

Eric B. Keverne

7 Human Biological Development and Peace

Barak Morgan, Diane Sunar, C. Sue Carter, James F. Leckman, Douglas P. Fry, Eric B. Keverne, Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Robert Kumsta, and David Olds

Early Childhood Events and Relationships

10 Prosocial Development and Situational Morality

Marinus H. van IJzendoorn and Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg

11 How Do Events and Relationships in Childhood Set the Stage for Peace at Personal and Social Levels?

Howard Steele, Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, W. Thomas Boyce, Mary Dozier, Nathan A. Fox, Heidi Keller, Dario Maestripieri, Paul Odhiambo Oburu, and Hiltrud Otto

Challenges in Society

13 Structural Violence and Early Childhood Development

Andrew Dawes and Amelia van der Merwe

15 Healthy Human Development as a Path to Peace

Daniel J. Christie, Catherine Panter-Brick, Jere R. Behrman, James R. Cochrane, Andrew Dawes, Kirstin Goth, Jacqueline Hayden, Ann S. Masten, Ilham Nasser, Raija-Leena Punamäki, and Mark Tomlinson

Program and Policy Implications

16 Interventions

Cigdem Kagitcibasi, and Pia R. Britto

17 Linking Peacebuilding and Child Development

Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Ilham Nasser

19 Creating Effective Programs and Policies to Reduce Violence and Promote Peace

Pia R. Britto, Rima Salah, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Jacqueline Bhabha, Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Gary R. Gunderson, Cigdem Kagitcibasi, Lucy Nusseibeh, Olayinka Omigbodun, Mikiko Otani, and Geraldine Smyth