International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Psychological, Sociological, and Economic Roots of Violence: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Roxanna Anderson, Lloyd Beckles, William Fleming

Violence is often thought of as a unitary concept. Today we are met with images of violence across America affecting our youth, parents, family, and others. High rates of violence are not caused by just one issue, but several. For example, poverty, poor job skills, risky behaviors, socioemotional development, education, etc. Psychologists focus on issues of nature versus nature, while economists are more likely to focus on scarce resources, and costs/benefit analyses. Sociologists direct their attention towards difficult life circumstances, cultural characteristics, and social conditions. Violence is a multi-faceted problem that deserves a multidisciplinary approach. The authors attempt to review these causes using biological, psychological, economical, and sociological explanations. Literatures from the aforementioned disciplines are reviewed seeking to explain violence from a variety of perspectives.

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