Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children

Savage Spawn Reflections on Violent Children This thought provoking and timely book from a New York Times bestselling novelist and noted child psychologist reveals the factors that often lead to explosive and shocking juvenile violence Ethical
  • Title: Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children
  • Author: Jonathan Kellerman
  • ISBN: 9780345429391
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children
    This thought provoking and timely book from a 1 New York Times bestselling novelist and noted child psychologist reveals the factors that often lead to explosive and shocking juvenile violence Ethically and morally, kids are works in progress Throw in psychopathy and you ve got a soul that will never be complete In this powerful, disturbing book, bestselling author andThis thought provoking and timely book from a 1 New York Times bestselling novelist and noted child psychologist reveals the factors that often lead to explosive and shocking juvenile violence Ethically and morally, kids are works in progress Throw in psychopathy and you ve got a soul that will never be complete In this powerful, disturbing book, bestselling author and noted child psychologist Jonathan Kellerman shines a penetrating light on antisocial youth kids who kill without remorse asserting that psychopathic tendencies begin very early in life, as young as three, and they endure Criticizing our quick impulse to blame violent movies or a morally bankrupt society, Kellerman convinces us that it is the kids themselves who need to be examined Carefully How do children become cold blooded killers Kellerman warns that today s aggressive bully is tomorrow s Mafia don, cult leader, or genocidal dictator Violently psychopathic youths possess an overriding need for power, control, and stimulation, and all display a complete lack of regard for the humanity of others He examines the origins of psychopathy and the ever shifting debate between nurture and nature, offering some controversial solutions to dealing with homicidal tendencies in children.As timely as today s headlines, gripping than fiction, Savage Spawn is a provocative look at the links between society and biology, children and violence Kellerman s sobering message will remain with you long after the last page is turned.
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  • Jonathan Kellerman

    Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation plastic bubble units on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan s former students, continues to break ground Jonathan s first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980 One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD In 1985, Jonathan s first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller BOUGH was also produced as a t.v movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel Since then, Jonathan has published a best selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN 1999 Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children.

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  • The noblest of all studies, said Plato, is the study of what man is and of what life he should live But what do we do when, long before boy becomes man, life turns dark and thoroughly wrong Psychiatrist and mystery writer Kellerman wrote this brief work for a general audience in response to the Jonesboro Massacre, in which two boys in Arkansas ages eleven and thirteen killed five people at their middle school in a deliberate, calculated ambush Almost exactly a year later, the Columbine High Scho [...]


  • I m not really sure how to rate a book like this I gave it a 4 as it s not difficult ti read and it stays on target pretty well.Like other books I ve read on psychopathy there are really questions than answers He uses some examples of scary kids he is aware of first person and otherwise and it does what it s supposed to It makes you aware of the fact that we have don t really know what causes psychopathy and it s common than we like to believe.You will get some of the author s own feelings abo [...]


  • I don t know if I needed pessimism But maybe the perspective that some are not fixable is necessary It scared me, the work that shows that those who are sociopaths at age 11 show no signs of recovery It scared me, the potential that some poeople have for sustainable evil.People should have to apply to be parents.


  • The book is way shorter than I thought it would be Right off the bat I could tell it was for the general public i.e diluting and adding buzz words It irked me a little since I thought such an important topic shouldn t be dumbed down, but maybe that s just me For the most part the author sounds embittered, pretentious scientists are seldom knowledgeable or as effective as they claim to be and journalists are scientifically unsophisticated and they are often gullible conduits for the supposed sag [...]


  • This is the book I wanted written and everyone should read My ex was a savage spawn and eerily similar to Tim when he was a teenager He did whatever he wanted Bars on his windows, parents buying him cigarettes at 14, they weren t able to make him go to the emergency room after a car accident at age nine After an incident with a pet they took him to a psychiatrist who diagnosed him with sociopathic tendencies I found out what he was after 10 years of being used, conned, and manipulated by the mal [...]


  • Savage Spawn started out strong but ended with a fizz The author striking me as one from the world of Academia is clueless in regards to human nature, and lives in a fantastical reality where 99.9% if not ALL violent criminal children can be stopped by Government intervention His ideas on preventing school shootings Preventing access to fire arms to ALL children by mandating heavy duty jail and monetary sentences on the parents that disobey He also believes that children should be taken out of v [...]


  • I m not really sure how to rate a book like this I gave it a 4 as it s not difficult ti read and it stays on target pretty well.Like other books I ve read on psychopathy there are really questions than answers He uses some examples of scary kids he is aware of first person and otherwise and it does what it s supposed to It makes you aware of the fact that we have don t really know what causes psychopathy and it s common than we like to believe.You will get some of the author s own feelings abo [...]


  • This book suffers from its own identity crisis is it pop psychology A serious, scholarly take on the subject Or is it a stream of consciousness account of the author s private musings Written by a clinical psychologist who just happens to be a prolific crime fiction author or is it the other way around , the book juxtaposes scholarly style citations with punchy, buzzword laden staccato sentences and exactly two case studies For all the shade the author throws at scientists who aren t as smart as [...]


  • Very thought provoking, research based volume on the possible causes and treatment of violent children Speaks of children are mentally ill and who are psychopaths It differentiates from those who are crazy and those who are calm, cold killers Jonathan Kellerman s training and work as a child psychologist give weight to his assessments and make me want to re think the stance we, as voters, make on the penalties for crimes committed by these children and later adults Tough to read emotionally but [...]



  • I don t think that this book is for your average Joe reader I would definitely put this one in the psychology category and only for those who are looking to find out about ODD, CD, and even psychopathic youth Kellerman paints a vivid and eerie picture of what it is like to interact with a child psychopath The way they interact in a dominating way even with individuals whom they should have some respect towards.What I m still debating is the whole nature vs nurture philosophy on this one It is s [...]


  • I LOVE this book This is a NON fiction study of conduct disorder juvenile psychopaths Holding a PhD in psychology, Kellerman knows of what he writesVAGE SPAWN is excellent Kellerman recounts his own clinical experiences, as well as his own commentary on kids whose cold lifestyles make grim headlines e.g Colorado school shootings VAGE SPAWN gives vivid insight to lay readers MOST of Jonathan Kellerman s books are murder mysteries, featuring recurring characters LCSW Alex Delaware who consults wit [...]


  • As sensational as the title of this book is, I wasn t quite sure what to expect Recommended by a child psychologist friend, it was a great intellectual study of violent children and adults I especially enjoyed the topic of media violence I was surprised that Columbine was not included, although other school related shootings were used as case studies, albeit not in depth Very interesting and topical Different from what I normally read, but I m glad I did.


  • 2 1 2 starsGets pretty technical which is okay when I m in a brainy mood The author was attempting to establish his grounds with extensive research but I wanted focus on stories of kids not the symptoms of future adult violent offenders I guess I should have read the description better Not a bad book if that s what you re looking for.


  • This book presents a point of view about aggressive children The suggestions are to get children out of environments in which they are not nurtured, keep them away from guns, intervene as early as possible, and change maladaptive patterns of behavior.


  • This was an excellent book by someone who has dealt with disturbed children and could see the writting on the wall i thought it was very insightful and a bit scary


  • I read this as part of my research into juvenile detention facilities for my WIP, and found it fascinating In fact I listened audiobook to it twice.


  • I guess I was expecting something Like, a bit science and a bit fewer personal opinions and anecdotes Although my opinion on the book might have been set quite early in the book when Kellerman seemed to state that all psychopaths should be executed or at least locked up for life I realize it s a fairly dated book by now and studies in psychopathy have come a long way but the complete lack of willingness to treat psychopaths as people is appalling especially coming from a psychologist I can t s [...]


  • Jonathan Kellerman is one of my very favorite novelists But he is also a child clinical psychologist He is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the USC School of Medicine and has also taught psychology at USC I ve had this book a long time before I read it It s amazing how he describes his work with antisocial, violent boys kids who kill without remorse Psychopathic kids have an incredible need for control, power, and intense stimulation, as well as a complete lack of regard for the humanity of [...]


  • I really thought this was going to be an interesting read In my opinion, the author threw together unrelated and irrelevant facts, then made some very wrong illogical assumptions The second star is solely for good grammar.


  • A thin article he turned out in response to the Jonesboro massacre.He repeatedly advocates long, even life long, prison terms but never once addresses the impact of that approach Prison over crowding drugs corruption violence sexually violent career crims lifers without hope of parole locked up alongside kids who got caught with small amounts of drugs or some other non violent stupid act that gets them into big trouble A couple of years ago we had riots in several cities some of the people who e [...]



  • This book was a rambling rant of pseudo intellectualism based upon few actual case studies Every time the author gave a personal example from his own life, his underlying God Complex mixed with his oversimplification of complex emotional beings managed to dredge up an actual dislike towards a person who could pen such sludge.This book was tabloid trash on steroids.I found it condescending, oversimplified, and at times, disgusting Facts on dangerous child behavior only seem to emerge when the aut [...]


  • Interesting and thought provoking, but somewhat unsatisfying I do, unfortunately, agree that some people are truly evil from a very early age, and can t be rehabilitated However, I don t think the author did enough to distinguish the redeemable criminals from the truly evil He talks about criminals being either psychopaths or psychotics, but the reality is that many criminals are neither Many criminals are just ordinary people who made poor choices for a variety of reasons I don t think he did e [...]


  • Saying it was an easy read is going to sound odd, especially considering the nature of the topic discussed, but it is true if you would like a quick and insightful view of sociopathic criminals, this is an excellent choice While many reader reviews seem to want clear cut solutions for dealing with children who exhibit evil at an early age, it is unreasonable to expect the author to provide those solutions and the result is a feeling of dissatisfaction at the end of the book The good news is tha [...]


  • This is kind of a cliff notes rendition of a selective read of research on psychopathy, now a decade and a half old Kellerman is at his best in a common sense review of the literature regarding theories nature or nurture Of course it is both Kellerman is righteously outraged and practical, offering hard line suggestions on how to address the problem of violent kids as early as possible At the same time, the book must be regarded as a superficial treatment of a far complex subject violent kids c [...]


  • I waited a long time to read this book, it was a bit difficult to find and it was worth the wait The children this book was written about are the children I often find myself working with, and the ideas Kellerman suggests for helping these children are bang on I also liked that he backed up his thoughts with lots of research and gave a disturbing list of warning signs to watch for This book was written awhile ago and most of the suggestions be made still have not found a place in our society It [...]


  • This book neither offered anecdotes about nor real insight into the minds of psychopathic youth As a therapist, I was hoping to gain than the explanation that psychopathy can occur in childhood and that there are a few markers such as decreased heart rate and lack of empathy It would also have been helpful to provide some solutions ways to work with psychopathic children that could prevent them from becoming toxic to society If you have never read anything about psychopathy, this book may offer [...]


  • This book expanded my perception of human beings especially in terms of our capacity for evil Specifically, as a social worker in a middle school, had a compassionate perhaps, at times Pollyanna ish vision of the capacity of human beings for change This book brought me face to face with the real possibility I now embrace it as fact that some people they walk among us are simply evil Full stop Evil I appreciate this book for opening up my vision around this important issue I recommend it highly. [...]


  • this should be required reading for all parents my kids are grown now but I dealt with a son with adhd behavior modification is the only thing that worked with him he is a sensitive caring father now with no problems since high school children can be molded and taught without violence however I agree that when the child is psychopathic and untreatable the best thing is removing from society to prevent harm to others.


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