Global Youth: Understanding Challenges, Identifying Solutions, Offering Hope

Youth violence is not a unique phenomenon, and, in fact, youth have been plagued with challenges throughout the centuries that have placed them at risk of violent tendencies. These challenges include poverty, inadequate healthcare, limited educational opportunities, exploitation, gender inequality, substance abuse, mental health concerns, homelessness, gang involvement, and family dysfunction. Further, these challenges are not unique to youth within the United States; however, these experiences may differ in terms of chronicity, intensity, and impact. In all youth, these challenges create stress and trauma that compromise well-being. This book explores the challenges that youth experience, and provides context to better understand the factors related, and contributing, to those issues. The chapters describing realistic and practical violence prevention and remediation programs, which are both innovative and effective, are particularly unique. Additionally, there are a number of chapters that discuss the latest technological advances in helping young people, as well as evidence-based assessments and evaluations to help those who work with young people understand the needs of at-risk youth.


Karen Rice obtained her MSW from Temple University in 2000 and her PhD in 2011 from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She serves as the Department Chair and DSW Co-Director at the School of Social Work of Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She teaches research, statistics, diversity, global social work, and child welfare to both undergraduate and graduate students. Dr Rice’s ongoing research and practice center around the promotion of social and economic justice, particularly with youth and those who have experienced trauma, both domestically and internationally to ensure equal access to resources. She has written and presented extensively on these topics. Whenever possible, she employs expressive arts to examine and explore these issues, as well as to raise awareness, impart knowledge, and promote positive social change.

Marc Felizzi obtained his Master’s degree in Social Work at Delaware State University and his PhD in Social Work at Widener University. He has spent the last 25 years studying the effects of family violence, juvenile violence, and the consequences of family instability on youth. Dr Felizzi has written extensively on these topics, and his findings and opinions have appeared in both local and national publications, and he has been interviewed on a number of national radio and television regarding juvenile violence. Dr Felizzi is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, where he teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Family Violence, Social Work Research, Social Work Practice, and Youth Violence and Corrections. He also teaches classes in conjunction with the Master of Science in Emergency Management program in Emergency Mental Health and Trauma. Dr Felizzi also has a thriving clinical practice in Wilmington, Delaware, where he works with children, adolescents, and their families. He is a member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, and a local board member of the National Association for Mental Health.

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ISBN: 1-4438-8031-0

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-8031-2

Release Date: 10th September 2015

Pages: 215

Price: £47.99

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