Objective. To measure exposure to different types of violence among school-aged children in a primary care setting. Design. Child interviews using an instrument measuring 4 types of exposure (direct victimization, witnessing, hearing reports, media). Violent acts measured include being beaten up, chased/threatened, robbed/ mugged, stabbed/shot, killed. Setting. Pediatric primary care clinic of large urban hospital. Patients. Convenience sample of 175 children 9-12 years old and their mothers. A total of 53% of the children were boys, 55% were Hispanic, and 40% received public assistance. Results. All children had been exposed to media violence. A total of 97% (170/175) had been exposed to more direct forms of violence; 77% had witnessed violence involving strangers; 49% had witnessed violence involving familiar persons; 49% had been direct victims; and 31% had witnessed someone being shot, stabbed, or killed. Exposure to violence was significantly associated with being male. Conclusion. Most school-aged children who visited a pediatric primary care clinic of a large urban hospital had directly experienced violence as witnesses and/or victims.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Issue number||4 II SUPPL.|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 24 2000|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health