What drives an adolescent to behave violently, even to commit murder? Where do violent youths come from? There is no simple answer. Aggressiveness is an extremely complex phenomenon: it is not always synonymous with violence, nor is it always immediately subject to psychiatric diagnosis. Genetic, biological, social, and family factors contribute to determining violent behaviour. The author of this volume dispels many widespread notions (such as the belief that youth violence is on the rise), identifies the roots of aggressiveness, describes its possible causes, explains the different types of violent behaviour and their relationship to psychopathological disorders. Finally, it discusses cures and other rehabilitative treatments, encouraging people involved in education to understand violent behaviour in order to help prevent it, in the interest of both at-risk adolescents and the community as a whole.
Filippo Muratori teaches Childhood Neuropsychiatry at the University of Pisa, heads the Operational Unit of Developmental Psychiatry at the Stella Maris Science Institute, and is president of the Italian Association for Children's Mental Health.