Examining the Role of Supportive Family Connection in Violence Exposure Among Male Youth in Urban Environments

Although many studies have shown the importance of family connection in reducing the effects of violence on general adolescents in the US, there seems to be a lack of this buffering effect on adolescents living in low-resource urban environments.

Through interviews of low-resource neighborhoods in Philadelphia, past PISC trainee Alison Culyba, Kenneth Ginsburg, PISC incoming Advisory Board member Joel Fein, PISC Senior Scholar Charles Branas, PISC Executive Committee member Therese Richmond, Eydie Miller, and PISC Director Douglas Wiebe have discovered that supportive parental relationships may not prevent youth in low-resource neighborhoods from witnessing violence but may help prevent direct violence involvement.

 

 

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