The effects of violence on infants and young children: international perspectives on prevention

Infant Ment Health J. Summer 1993;14(2):96-102. doi: 10.1002/1097-0355(199322)14:2<96::AID-IMHJ2280140203>3.0.CO;2-E.


PIP: People become subject to political and social violence when governments fail to give priority to basic health care or education. Attempts to meet foreign obligations also produce severe economic recessions which further impede efforts to improve the general quality of life of disadvantaged populations. Since multiple factors contribute to violence, a multidisciplinary approach is best suited to address the problem. For example, poverty and its associated risks are linked to violence, but living in poverty does not necessarily engender violence. Living in poverty may, however, fuel high rates of child mortality, illiteracy, malnutrition, excessive population growth, street children, and familial disintegration. An integrated action program was developed in Brazil for at-risk individuals and their families based upon the idea of building and reinforcing family ties and intergenerational togetherness. Undernourished infants, street children, the handicapped, women subjected to violence, and neglected senior citizens received special interventions in the program described in the text.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Aggression*
  • Americas
  • Behavior
  • Brazil
  • Child*
  • Demography
  • Developing Countries
  • Economics
  • Education*
  • Health
  • Health Planning*
  • Infant*
  • Latin America
  • Organization and Administration
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Poverty*
  • Public Health*
  • Social Welfare*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • South America