Co-occurrence of Violence-Related Risk and Protective Behaviors and Adult Support Among Male Youth i

Male youth in lower-resource neighborhoods bear a disproportionate burden of violence involvement, but not much is known about specific violence-related behaviors. In a study led by PISC Past Trainee Alison Culyba, MD, PhD, MPH, the associations between adult support and patterns of violence and risk or protective behavior co-occurrence among male youths in urban neighborhoods are examined. In this cross-sectional study of data from a recently completed randomized clinical trial that included 866 male youths, detailed co-occurrence patterns demonstrated association clusters of sexual violence, youth violence, and bullying perpetration. Participants with social support reported significantly fewer risk behaviors.

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