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ERIC Number: EJ917863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Buffering the Effects of Violence: Communication and Problem-Solving Skills as Protective Factors for Adolescents Exposed to Violence
LeBlanc, Monique; Self-Brown, Shannon; Shepard, Desti; Kelley, Mary Lou
Journal of Community Psychology, v39 n3 p353-367 Apr 2011
Although many adolescents exposed to violence evidence negative outcomes, some report few deleterious effects, indicating the presence of moderating variables. This study examined the moderating role of family communication and problem solving on positive and negative outcomes in adolescents exposed to school and neighborhood violence. Participants were 90 adolescents and their parents, who completed measures of violence exposure, psychological and behavioral functioning, and communication and problem-solving skills. Results indicated that after controlling for demographic variables and violence exposure in the home, communication and problem-solving skills moderated the association between school and neighborhood violence exposure and psychological distress. There was no moderation of the violence exposure-positive outcome association. The findings suggest that family communication and problem-solving skills might serve a protective function for adolescents, thereby decreasing psychological distress in the face of school and neighborhood violence exposure. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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