"Karr-Morse and Wiley boldly raise some tough issues. . . . [They] start with a grim questionwhy are children violent?and they forge a passionate and cogent argument for focusing our collective energies on infancy and parenthood to stop the cycle of ruined lives." The Seattle Times
Ghosts from the Nursery
Tracing the Roots of Violence
Atlantic Monthly Press
978-0-87113-734-0 • $17.00 • Paperback • Dec. 2013
With a new introduction by Dr. Vincent Felitti
When Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence was published in 1997, it was lauded for providing scientific evidence that violence can originate in the womb and become entrenched in a child’s brain by preschool. The authors’ groundbreaking conclusions became even more relevant following the wave of school shootings across the nation including the tragedy at Columbine High School and the shocking subsequent shootings culminating most recently in the massacre of first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Following each of these media coverage and public debate turned yet again to the usual suspects concerning the causes of violence: widespread availability of guns and lack of mental health services for late-stage treatment. Discussion of the impact of trauma on human lifeespecially early in life during chemical and structural formation of the brainis missing from the equation.
This new, revised edition of Ghosts from the Nursery continues to shift the conversation among parents and policy makers toward more fundamental preventative measures, incorporating significant advances in the field of neurobiological research over the past decade.