skip to main content
Resource type Show Results with: Show Results with: Index

Examining the Moderating Role of Family Cohesion on the Relationship Between Witnessed Community Violence and Delinquency in a National Sample of Adolescents

Barr, Simone C ; Hanson, Rochelle ; Begle, Angela M ; Kilpatrick, Dean G ; Saunders, Benjamin ; Resnick, Heidi ; Amstadter, Ananda

Journal of Interpersonal Violence, January 2012, Vol.27(2), pp.239-262 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

Full text available online

Citations Cited by
  • Title:
    Examining the Moderating Role of Family Cohesion on the Relationship Between Witnessed Community Violence and Delinquency in a National Sample of Adolescents
  • Author/Creator: Barr, Simone C ; Hanson, Rochelle ; Begle, Angela M ; Kilpatrick, Dean G ; Saunders, Benjamin ; Resnick, Heidi ; Amstadter, Ananda
  • Language: English
  • Subjects: Community Violence ; Violence Exposure ; Family Issues and Mediators ; Child Abuse ; Social Welfare & Social Work ; Sociology & Social History ; Psychology
  • Is Part Of: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, January 2012, Vol.27(2), pp.239-262
  • Description: Witnessed community violence has been linked to a number of internalizing and externalizing problems in adolescents. Guided by Cicchetti and Lynch’s (1993) ecological-transactional model, this study aimed to examine the impact that family-level factors had on negative outcomes associated with witnessed community violence. Using a nationally representative sample, we explored the moderational role of family cohesion in the relationship between witnessing community violence and delinquent behavior while taking demographic variables into account. Results from the investigation suggested that low levels of family cohesion were predictive of delinquency after controlling for race, gender, past delinquency, and direct trauma. In addition, the findings suggested that family cohesion moderated the impact of witnessed community violence on future delinquent behavior. Future directions for research and implications for practice were also discussed.
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0886-2605 ; E-ISSN: 1552-6518 ; DOI: 10.1177/0886260511416477