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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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Healthy Human Development as a Path to Peace

Healthy Human Development as a Path to Peace

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Pathways 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

Mark Tomlinson

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This chapter focuses on children’s capacity to create, maintain, and restore harmonious and equitable relationships with others. Obstacles and catalysts for healthy human development are identified, as are the competencies required for children to engage in harmonious and equitable relationships. Sustainable peace in a society requires a “systems approach” that reduces both direct and structural violence and promotes peaceful means and socially just ends. A model is proposed based on four sequential foundations: healthy human development, healthy primary relationships, prosocial interpersonal relations, and the adoption of a peace and social justice orientation toward out-group members. Three case studies are presented to clarify the key concepts and propositions advanced. The concept of peaceful children put forth implies not only healthy human development and the acquisition of specific developmental capacities for peace, but also the child’s internalization of a set of values that support a commitment to relational harmony and social justice. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   human development, attachment, nurturing, prosociality, social justice

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