The psychological consequences to adolescents of exposure to gang violence in the community: An integrated review of the literature

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Abstract

Problem: Gang violence affects many adolescents in the United States, and there has been an increase in violent crimes against adolescents in recent years. Method: A literature review examined studies related to gang violence. Findings: Little research has focused on adolescents' exposure to gang violence and its effects on adolescents' mental health. Adolescents develop internalizing symptoms and externalizing behaviors after exposure to violence; but other factors influence adolescents' exposure and reaction to violence. Conclusion: With the increase in gang violence over the years, more research is needed on gang violence and its effects on adolescents and their mental health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Exposure to community or gang violence
  • Psychological problems

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