The psychological effect of exposure to gang violence on youth: A pilot study

Sarah Kelly, Debra Anderson, Ann Peden

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Abstract

This study examined the psychological consequences to adolescents' exposure to gang violence in their neighborhood. This descriptive pilot study was conducted through personal interviews of youths from a community center. Five youth participated in interviews. Most were males, living in single parent homes. Three different categories emerged (emotional implications, personal experiences, and activities and socialization). These youth had different experiences with gang violence that affected their emotions. Their personal experiences influenced their socialization with others. Understanding the influence gang violence has on youth 'development necessitates further research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-52
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Gang Research
Volume16
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2009

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