We have found that exposure to violence can lead to violent behavior, increased stress, and other problem behaviors, but parental support, positive role models, and thinking about the future help mitigate these effects. We have also found that youth’s violent behavior and attitudes are strongly related to other risk behaviors and poorer health outcomes.
We have learned that:
- Continued exposure to perceived racial discrimination and stress increases the risk for violent behaviors during young adulthood
- Head injuries in youth are associated with increased violent behavior in later life
- Future expectations (hopes and goals for the future) helps protect against violent behavior and attitudes
- Parental support and positive role models can help protect against the risks associated with exposure to violence