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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-917392-7
    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 188 pages
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    • 7.0 x 10.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 188 pages
  • Keywords
    • Toxic families,
    • Societal failure,
    • Child development,
    • Violence,
    • Child abuse and neglect,
    • Childhood mental health,
    • Toxic culture

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Toxic Families, Violent Lives
by Stephen G. Lindsey

IF YOU ARE A PARENT, SCHOOLTEACHER, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, OR MENTAL HEALTHCARE PROVIDER, Toxic Families, Violent Lives lays out what you need to know about what is causing heightened levels of childhood/adolescent mental illness, behavioral disorders, juvenile alcohol and substance abuse, gang membership, school dropouts, teen pregnancies, and pervasive crime and violence. Toxic Families, Violent Lives gets at the root of the problem. It's all about the impediments to healthy childhood/adolescent physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual, and moral development. This book identifies a range of adverse childhood experiences that are the direct result of toxic family life rooted in poor parenting practices, and a range of dysfunctional and problematic parent behavior stemming from adult mental illness, alcohol and substance abuse, obsessions, insecurities, depression, anxiety, and maladaptive coping mechanisms. Parents need to understand the importance of developing a parent-child attachment, and a child’s self-control, empathy, and moral foundation. What can parents, schoolteachers, law enforcement, and mental health professionals do? Understand the pathways and pitfalls to healthy childhood / adolescent development and take an active role in that process. This book takes a read it, understand it, and apply it approach to the problem.

STEPHEN G. LINDSEY has more than ten years of law enforcement experience working the violent and brutal streets of New Orleans as a police officer, task force officer, and narcotics detective. He has made thousands of arrests for individuals involved in murders, rape, shootings, drive- byes, turf wars, carjacking, armed robbery, drug dealing, weapons charges, bar room brawls, parking lot stabbings, domestic violence, and child abuse. He has chased fleeing criminals down dark alleys, conducted high speed vehicle pursuits, and been shot at, punched, kicked, threatened, and nearly run over on several occasions by a suspect fleeing the scene of a crime. But he brings something more to his knowledge and understanding of the problems of crime and violence. He also completed graduate studies in law, criminal justice, and psychology, and has spent the past twenty years studying childhood/adolescent psychological, emotional, and moral development and its link to mental illness and violent behavior. He has dealt with thousands of troubled juveniles and at-risk families. He knows the houses, neighborhoods, and families that breed violent criminals. He has witnessed first-hand the dysfunctional and violent lives of young people raised in these toxic families. This book is a culmination of his decades-long work, combining theory with practice, research with real-world experience. Rarely do we find someone of such high academic achievement with extensive firsthand experience working the streets and throwing violent criminals, gangbangers, and dope dealers in jail.


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