Perry, B.D. The neurodevelopmental impact of violence in childhood. In Textbook of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry, (Eds., D. Schetky and E.P. Benedek) American Psychiatric Press, Inc., Washington, D.C. pp. 191-203, 2002
Perry, B.D. Incubated in terror: Neurodevelopmental factors in the ‘cycle of violence’ In: Children In a Violent Society (J Osofsky, Ed.). Guilford Press, New York, pp 124-148, 1997
Experts in crime, mental health, education, and social sciences have all been trying to understand the pathways to school violence. A few common observations emerge. The first, and most disturbing, is that human beings, like few other species, are pervasively aggressive, violent and murderous to each other. The major predators of humans are other humans.
See Dr. Perry present the 2014 Dolores Kohl Education Prize lecture at the Chicago Humanities Festival on the importance of early childhood and the power of relationships.