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ERIC Number: ED433644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 5
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Mental Health and Behavioral Sequelae of Children's Exposure to Violence.
Singer, Mark I.; Miller, David
This study examined effects of exposure to violence on symptoms of psychological trauma and on aggressive behavior in 3rd-8th grade children. Children in 11 public schools in three school districts in Ohio were administered the Life Experiences Survey, a self-report questionnaire designed to measure children's exposure to violence and the psychological impact of such exposure. The questionnaire measures: demographics, recent violence exposure, past violence exposure, recent aggressive/predatory behaviors, trauma symptoms, parental monitoring, and television viewing behaviors. Findings indicated: levels of victimization by violence were high, especially among males; rates of recent witnessing of violence were also high for both boys and girls; almost without exception, boys reported higher rates of aggression toward others than girls did; and over one in five students reported watching over six hours of television per day. Multiple regression analyses of the relationship between violence exposure and total trauma symptoms found that, after controlling for demographic variables, violence exposure variables explained 35 percent of the variance in the total trauma symptom score. Additionally, 45 percent of students' own violent behavior was explained by the following: demographic variables, parental monitoring, television viewing habits, and recent and past violence exposure. (DB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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