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Building Moral Intelligence

There are obviously hundreds of worthwhile resources on violence prevention. My goal was to base this report on what I considered to be some of the most credible and proven sources. While research on violence prevention is endless, what we need is only the best and most doable sources. I offer some of my favorites that I find provide realistic solutions that are theory-based and proven.

“Annual Report on School Safety” October, 1998. Available: The U.S. Department of Education
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Baumeister, Roy. Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty. New York: W.H. Freeman and Co, 1999. Bernstein, Neil. Treating the Unmanageable Adolescent: a Guide to Oppositional Defiant and Conduct Disorders. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson Inc., 1996.

Bluestein, Jane. Creating Emotionally Safe Schools: A Guide for Educators and Parents. Deerfield Beach, Florida, 2001.

Borba, Michele. Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass, 2001.

Borba, Michele. Esteem Builders. Torrance, CA: Jalmar Press, 1989.

Curwin, Richard & Mendler, Allen. As Tough As Necessary: Countering violence, Aggression, and Hostility in Our Schools. Alexandria, Virginia: ASCA, 1997.

Czudner, Gad. Small Criminals Among Us: How to Recognize and change Children’s Antisocial Behavior-Before They Explode. Far Hills, NJ: New Horizon Press, 1999.

Garbarino, James. Lost Boys: Why Our Sons Turn Violent and How We Can Save Them. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1999.

Garbarino, James, Dubrow, Nancy, Kostelny, Kathleen, Pado, Carole. Children in Danger: Coping with the Consequences of Community Violence. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1992.

Gilligan, James. Preventing Violence. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2001.

Gilligan, James. Violence: Reflections on a National Epidemic. New York: Random House, 1996.

Goldestein, Arnold. Violence in America: Lessons on Understanding the Aggression in Our Lives. Palo Alto,CA: Davies-Black Publishing, 1996.

Goldstein, Arnold. Aggression Replacement Training: A Comprehensive Intervention for Aggressive Youth. Champaign, Il: Research Press, 1987.

Goleman, Daniel. Emotional Intelligence. New York: Bantam Books, 1997.

Greene, Ross. The Explosive Child. New York: HarperCollins, 1998.

Grossman, David. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 1996.

James, E. Anthony, & Cohler, Bertram J. The Invulnerable Child. New York: Guilford Press, 1987.

Johnson, David, & Roger T. Johnson. Reducing School Violence through Conflict Resolution. Alexandria Virginia: ASCD, 1995.

Karr-Morse, Robin & Wiley, Meredith S. Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.

Kellerman, Jonathan. Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children. New York: Ballantine, 1999.

Kipnis, Aaron. Angry Young Men: How Parents, Teachers, and Counselors Can Help “Bad Boys” Become Good Men. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1999.

Lantieri, Linda, & Patti, Janet. Waging Peace in Our School. Boston: Beacon Press, 1996.

Levine, Madeline. See No Evil: A Guide to Protecting Our Children from Media Violence. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1998.

Lickona, Thomas. Education for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and Responsibility. New York: Bantam, 1992.

Magid, Ken & McKelvey, Carole. High Risk: Children Without a Conscience. New York: Bantam,1989.

National Education Association. Safe Schools. Washington, D.C.: National Education Association. 1999.

Piaget, Jean. The Moral Judgment of the Child. New York: Free Press, 1965.

O’Donnel, Michael. Survey: 4000 Teens. Rochester Hills, MI: International Family Life Institute, 1999.

Perry, B. “Incubated in Terror: Neurodevelopmental Factors in the cycle of violence,” Children in a Violent Society, How Children Survive the Intragenerational Vortex of violence,” violence and Childhood Trauma: Understanding and Responding to the Effects of Violence on Young children, Gund Foundation, Cleveland.

Pollack, William. Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons from the Myths of Boyhood. New York:Henry Holt, 1998.

Prothrow-Stith, Deborah, & Weissman, Michaele. Deadly Consequences: How Violence is Destroying Our Teenage Population and a Plan to Begin Solving the Problem. New York: Harperperennial library, 1993.

Rhodes, Richard. Why They Kill: The Discoveries of Maverick Criminologist. New York: Vintage Books, Random House, 1999.

Reasoner, Robert. Building Self-Esteem. Palo Alto: Consulting Psychologists Press, 1987.

Shaw, James. Jack & Jill: Why They Kill: Saving Our Children, Saving Ourselves. Seattle, WA: Onjinjinkta Publishing, 2000.

U.S. Department of Justice National Center for Juvenile Justice. Juvenile Justice Statistics. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice, 1999.

Werner, E., & Smith, R. Kauai’s Children Come of Age. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii, 1977.

Resources on Bullying
Borba, Michele. Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2001.

Fried & Paula Fried. Suellen. Bullies & Victims: Helping Your Child Through the Schoolyard Battlefield, Bullies & Victims: Helping Your Child Through the Schoolyard Battlefield. New York: M. Evans, 1996.

Giannetti, Charlene & Margaret Sagarese. Cliques: 8 Steps to Help Your Child Survive the Social Jungle. New York: Random House, 2001.

Olweus, Dan. Bullying at School: What We Know and What We Can Do. Cambridge: Blackwell Publishers, 1993.

Olweus, Dan. “Bullying-Grounds for Intervention,” School Safety, Fall 1987, pp. 26-27.

Ross, Dorothea M. Childhood Bullying and Teasing. American Counseling Association, 1996.

Smith, S. “How to Decrease Bullying in Our Schools,” Principal, Vol. 72 (Sept. 1992).

Michele Borba is the author of Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues that Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing and No More Misbehavin’ (Jossey Bass). Refer to for more practical parenting tips and teacher resources to keep violence out of our children’s lives.

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