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Deadly Consequences: How Violence is Destroying Our Teenage Population and a Plan to Begin Solving the Problem.

Faced with a soaring body count of young African-Americans struck down by violence, most of us are frozen by sadness and fear for our community's future. Not Deborah Prothro-Stith. For years, she has studied teenage violence and offers a survival blueprint in her book Deadly Consequences.

A physician and an assistant dean at Harvard School of Public Health, Prothrow-Stith is leading a movement to recognize violence as a public health threat. She and coauthor Michaele Weissman argue convincingly that the special threat to young minority males should be a national priority.

Prothrow-Stith pinpoints the seeds of black teen violence and presents startling statistics. Blacks, who make up 12% of the population, constitute 50% of the 20,000 people who die in homicides yearly. Black homicide victims, 15 to 24 years old, outnumber whites four to one.

Young victims come from environments that include too much violence, drugs, unemployment and poverty and not enough stability and hope. As a medical student at Harvard Medical School, Prothrow-Stith became aware of the problems. She has since developed a violence-prevention course to help teachers and parents. She says we need to mobilize governments, schools, churches, the media and the medical profession to al er behavior.

Deadly Consequences is a valuable gift to the black community--one that can be used to heal.
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Author:Dumas, Kitty
Publication:Black Enterprise
Article Type:Book Review
Date:May 1, 1992
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