The effects of exposure to chronic community violence on preschool behavior

  • L. Oriana Linares


Chronic community violence (CCV) is defined as the enduring exposure to acts of violence, use of weapons, or interpersonal crimes by non-intimate perpetrators. The exposure of to high levels of CCV among families who reside in inner city neighborhoods has risen as a major public health hazard associated with serious psychological and behavior consequences for both mothers and children. In many poor urban American cities, mother-child dyads may not be able to escape the witnessing of violent events, perceiving social disorder in their neighborhoods, experiencing fear of crime, or feeling under constant siege1–4. According to social disorganization theory 5–7, perceptions of social decay and disorder, danger, and fear are enduring aspects of neighborhood life in many inner city communities eroding the social order of neighborhoods, which, in turn, affect crime and delinquency rates 8–9.


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  • L. Oriana Linares
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  1. 1.New York University Child Study CenterNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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