Community violence and children on Chicago's southside

Psychiatry. 1993 Feb;56(1):46-54. doi: 10.1080/00332747.1993.11024620.


This report summarizes a program of study on African-American children and violence conducted by a comprehensive community mental health center on the southside of Chicago. The research, which looked at exposure to violence, self-reports of aggression, and possible interventions, grew out of: (1) an awareness of the enormous amount of familial and extrafamilial violence in the black community; (2) clinical experiences that indicated that victimization and covictimization (i.e., victimization of close others) were often significant factors in the lives of the mentally ill; (3) a growing uneasiness, and indeed curiosity, over the extent to which children were witnessing these events and the impact of this witnessing, particularly on their own levels of aggression; and (4) a belief that the integrity of the black community was being threatened by the violence and that solutions must be sought.

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / psychology*
  • Chicago
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / complications
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse / psychology
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / complications
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Female
  • Homicide / prevention & control
  • Homicide / psychology
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Personality Development*
  • Social Environment*
  • Urban Population*
  • Violence*