Chronic community violence: what is happening to our children?

Psychiatry. 1993 Feb;56(1):36-45. doi: 10.1080/00332747.1993.11024619.


Chronic violence is a growing problem in our society today as evidenced, among other factors, by the ever-increasing murder rate in many of our large urban centers in the United States. Emphasis has begun to be placed on chronic violence, causes that may contribute to it, and the impact of this violence on cities and the country at large. While concern has been expressed, we still have not addressed adequately, nor do we fully understand, the effects on the children who must grow up in environments where they are repeatedly being exposed to significant levels of violence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Child Reactive Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Reactive Disorders / psychology
  • Crime
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Louisiana
  • Male
  • Personality Assessment
  • Personality Development*
  • Social Environment*
  • Socialization
  • Urban Population*
  • Violence*