Violence and Mental Health

Its Manifold Faces

  • Jutta Lindert
  • Itzhak Levav

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. General Issues in Violence and Mental Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Cathy Spatz Widom, Helen W. Wilson
      Pages 27-45
    3. Jutta Lindert
      Pages 47-69
  3. Self-Inflicted Violence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. José Manoel Bertolote, Diego de Leo
      Pages 73-85
  4. Violence in Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Gilad Gal, Yael Basford
      Pages 89-122
    3. Jane Fisher, Meena Cabral de Mello
      Pages 133-152
    4. Robert Kohn, Laura Stanton, Ghulam Mustafa Surti, Wendy Verhoek-Oftedahl
      Pages 153-182
  5. Violence in Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Sheryl A. Hemphill, Michelle Tollit, Aneta Kotevski, Ariane Florent
      Pages 185-205
    3. Angelo Barbato
      Pages 207-220
    4. István Szilárd, Árpád Baráth
      Pages 243-263
  6. Violence in Societies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 265-265
    2. Sasha Rudenstine, Sandro Galea
      Pages 267-286
    3. Richard F. Mollica, Robert T. Brooks, Solvig Ekblad, Laura McDonald
      Pages 341-378
  7. Facing the Challenges of Violence

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 421-423

About this book


Violence is one of the most important challenges, not only for public health systems, but also for public mental health. Violence can have immediate as well as long-term and even transgenerational effects on the mental health of its victims. This book provides a comprehensive and wide-ranging assessment of the mental health legacy left by violence. It addresses the issues as they affect states, communities and families, in other words at macro-, meso-, and microlevels, beginning by describing the impact of violence on neurobiology and mental health, as well as the spectrum of syndromes and disorders associated with different forms of violence.


The work moves on to tackle violence at the international—and intranational—level before zeroing in on the nature of violence in communities such as villages or city districts. It also examines the results of violence in the family. Each type of violence has distinct effects on mental health, and in each chapter specific groups are explored in depth to demonstrate the heterogeneity of violence as well as the diversity of its outcomes in the realm of public mental health. Finally, the book addresses the notion of ‘undoing violence’ by detailing case studies of effective interventions and prevention occurring in countries, communities and families. These cases give us pause to reflect on the nature of resilience and dignity in the context of violence and mental health. 


All the chapters have been written by

leading authors in the field and provide a state-of-the-art perspective. The authors, from different fields of expertise, facilitate interdisciplinary and international insights into the impact of violence on mental health.


Aboriginal violence Bullying in schools Children's mental health Environmental exposures Family violence Genocide (Holocaust, Armenia, Ruanda) Human trafficking Impact of violence Innner city violence Mental disorders Mental health Mental health impact of political persecution Mental health of the youth Migration and mental health of migrants and refugees Psychological impact of violence Resilience and recovery Violence against children, the elderly

Editors and affiliations

  • Jutta Lindert
    • 1
  • Itzhak Levav
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EmdenEmdenGermany
  2. 2.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-8998-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-8999-8
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