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.
|Number of pages
|Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
|Published - 2010
- Exposure to community or gang violence
- Psychological problems