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Pathways to PeaceThe Transformative Power of Children and Families$
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James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick, and Rima Salah

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027984

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027984.001.0001

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

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

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(p.185) 11 How Do Events and Relationships in Childhood Set the Stage for Peace at Personal and Social Levels?
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Pathways to Peace
Author(s):

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

Hiltrud Otto

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027984.003.0011

This chapter focuses on early childhood experiences and how they may contribute to cooperative and peaceful behaviors and outcomes in the later childhood years and into adulthood. Five interrelated topics are explored: (a) universal tensions ever pushing us toward competition or cooperation; (b) socioeconomic inequities that powerfully constrain children’s (and adult’s) potential to contribute to and participate in a healthy and peaceful society; (c) the protective and enabling forces of the early caregiving environment when it is sensitive and responsive to children’s needs; (d) the malevolent, if culturally understandable, influences of harsh parenting practices and child abuse; and (e) a summary of early psychological interventions that promote sensitive parenting and secure attachments well known to be associated with cooperative, nonviolent behaviors across childhood and beyond. Each section is punctuated by suggestions for further research and public policy developments (national and international) that could further advance the cause of peace. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   cooperation, competition, caregiving, harsh parenting, early childhood interventions

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