Victimization by community violence in young adolescents from a suburban city

  • Kuther T
  • Fisher C
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An exploratory model of the victimization-distress relation was tested
with a sample of 123 sixth-through eighth-grade students from a small
suburban city. More than one-half of the participants reported being
victimized by community violence (including being chased, hit, mugged,
and wounded). Although the majority of victimization incidents described
by students included less severe types of physical confrontations such
as chasing or hitting, nearly one-fifth of the students experienced more
severe forms of victimization, namely mugging or wounding. An
exploratory model was constructed whereby assertiveness and
self-controlling coping predicted victimization. Victimization and
family support emerged as direct predictors of distress, and family
support moderated the victimization-distress relation. Suggestions for
further research are discussed.

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  • Tara L. Kuther

  • Celia B. Fisher

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