The impact of children witnessing violence

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1998 Apr;45(2):355-64. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(05)70011-0.


Over the past decade, Americans have recognized that violence has deeply permeated the lives of the most vulnerable among us--children. There is great concern over the effect these terrible experiences will have on present and future generations. It has also awakened the collective consciousness of our society that the impact of violence extends well beyond the child who is physically victimized to other larger groups of children such as those who witness these events. This article reviews the impact violence has on children.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Spouse Abuse
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology
  • United States
  • Urban Population
  • Violence* / statistics & numerical data