Exposure to conflict and violence across contexts: Relations to adjustment among palestinian children

Eric F. Dubow, Paul Boxer, L. Rowell Huesmann, Khalil Shikaki, Simha Landau, Shira Dvir Gvirsman, Jeremy Ginges

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Abstract

Despite extensive literatures on the impact on children of exposure to violence in families, neighborhoods, and peer groups, there has been relatively little effort evaluating their cumulative impact. There also has been less attention to the effects of exposure to political conflict and violence. We collected data from a representative sample of 600 Palestinian youths (3 age cohorts: 8, 11, and 14 years old) to evaluate the relation of exposure to political conflict and violence, and violence in the family, community, and school, to posttraumatic stress (PTS) symptoms and aggressive behavior. Results highlight the additive effects of exposure to political conflict and violence, suggesting that interventionists should consider the full spectrum of sources of environmental risk for PTS symptoms and aggressive behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-116
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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