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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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Human Biological Development and Peace

Human Biological Development and Peace

Genes, Brains, Safety, and Justice

(p.95) 7 Human Biological Development and Peace
Pathways to Peace

Barak Morgan

Diane Sunar

C. Sue Carter

James F. Leckman

Douglas P. Fry

Eric B. Keverne

Iris-Tatjana Kolassa

Robert Kumsta

David Olds

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the concept of peace from a biopsychosocial perspective. It reviews available knowledge concerning gene-environment regulatory interactions and their consequences for neurodevelopment, particularly during sensitive periods early in life. The hypothesis is explored that efforts on the part of parents to protect, nurture, and stimulate their children can lead to physically, psychologically, and socially healthier developmental trajectories and support the emergence of more peaceful families and communities. Clearly, adverse environments (e.g., structural violence) may result in lower parental investment in child rearing and negative outcomes for social harmony and health over the course of life. More research is thus needed to understand the potential positive impact that interventions will have on societal peace. The role of groups in shaping human behavior toward conflict or conflict resolution and peace is examined. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   peace, biopsychosocial perspectives, gene-environment interactions, neurodevelopment, parental investment, child rearing

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