ERIC Number: EJ851048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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Exposure to Violence, Perceived Peer Relationships, and Corresponding Psychological Sequelae
Bender, Jade A.; Roberts, Michael C.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v18 n3 p350-355 Jun 2009
As children's exposure to violence (EV) has become more evident, concern for the implications that violence has on children has risen. Consequently, researchers have explored the relationship between exposure and outcomes, as well as potential mediators and moderators. In this study, we (a) examined EV in a sample of children from the Midwestern United States; (b) replicated previous findings that identify a direct relationship between EV and psychological sequelae; and (c) explored the possibility that loneliness mediates the exposure-outcomes relationship. Children (11-14 years) in our sample were exposed to elevated levels of violence in their neighborhoods. Furthermore, children who were directly victimized demonstrated greater levels of behavioral difficulties than children who were not. Although loneliness was not a significant mediator, our findings have laid the groundwork for future research regarding the influence of peer relationships on EV and outcomes.
Descriptors: Neighborhoods, Violence, Psychological Patterns, Peer Relationship, Correlation, Child Development, Preadolescents, Early Adolescents, Victims of Crime, Environmental Influences, Behavior Problems
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