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Children's Exposure to Violence in the Family and Community

Gayla Margolin and Elana B. Gordis
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Vol. 13, No. 4 (Aug., 2004), pp. 152-155
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20182938
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Children's Exposure to Violence in the Family and Community
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Abstract

Exposure to family and community violence is linked with aggression, depression, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and academic and cognitive difficulties. It has the potential to permeate many dimensions of children's day-to-day lives and to erode possible sources of social support. Although the literature focuses on deleterious outcomes, many children fare well in the face of exposure to violence. Research attending to developmental processes, the co-occurrence of multiple forms of violence, and psychobiological mechanisms will clarify why outcomes are better for some children than for others. Greater understanding of children's risk and resilience in the face of such exposure will inform intervention efforts.

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