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ERIC Number: EJ937117
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-1062-1024
Neighborhood Violence and Psychosocial Adjustment in Low-Income Urban African American Children: Physical Symptoms as a Marker of Child Adjustment
Jones, Deborah J.; Foster, Sarah; Forehand, Greg; O'Connell, Cara
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v14 n2 p237-249 Jun 2005
We examined the association between neighborhood violence and three domains of psychosocial adjustment in low-income, urban African American children: internalizing, externalizing, and physical symptoms. Based on anecdotal and empirical evidence, it was hypothesized that, relative to internalizing and externalizing problems, a stronger association would emerge between physical symptoms and neighborhood violence. Mother-reported neighborhood violence was associated with child-reported physical symptoms, but not internalizing or externalizing symptoms. Child-reported neighborhood violence was associated with child-reported internalizing, externalizing, and physical symptoms; however, neighborhood violence accounted for a greater percentage of variance in physical symptoms than the other two symptom domains. Our findings were not moderated by the age or gender of the child. We discuss the importance of physical symptoms as a marker of child adjustment in low-income, urban, African American children, as well directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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