Daniel Schechter, M.D.
Daniel S. Schechter, M.D., is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and clinical researcher with specialization in early childhood mental health and post-traumatic stress. He is director of parent-infant research and the Pediatric Consult-Liaison Unit at the University of Geneva Hospitals and associate professor (privat-docent) in psychiatry at the University of Geneva Faculty of Medicine. Schechter completed his clinical and research training at Columbia University, where he continues to serve as adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry. His most recent book, co-edited with Carol Worthman, Paul Plotsky, and Constance Cummings, is Formative Experiences: The Interaction of Caregiving, Culture, and Developmental Psychobiology (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Forecasting AggressionToward a New Interdisciplinary Understanding of What Makes Some Troubled Youth Turn Violent
It takes a series of unfortunate circumstances for an adolescent to turn violent. While early exposure to familial violence can play a role, so too can biological influences such as hormone levels and genetic predispositions. The combination of these factors can be deadly. Although genes and other biological causes are difficult to identify and may be impossible to overcome through known therapeutic methods, medical professionals’ intervention techniques can help minimize aggressive behavior related to environmental factors.