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Sustained Impact of Adolescent Violence Histories on Early Adulthood Outcomes

NCJ Number
Victims & Offenders Volume: 8 Issue: 2 Dated: April - June 2013 Pages: 231-252
Patricia Logan-Greene; Paula S. Nurius; Carole Hooven; Elaine A. Thompson
Date Published
April 2013
22 pages
This study examined violence exposure in adolescence and its impact on early adulthood psychosocial functioning.
A history of victimization and violence perpetration are well-established risk factors that hamper positive development in early adulthood, yet their separate and overlapping effects are rarely examined simultaneously, confounding understanding of their relative impacts. This study follows a diverse sample of at-risk adolescents (N=570) into early adulthood, comparing roles and resources, stress and distress, and maladaptive behaviors for those with a history of no violence, victimization only, perpetration only, and both perpetration and victimization. Results demonstrate four distinctive profiles, although all violence-exposed youth report more problems in the three assessed domains relative to those with no violence histories. Implications for intervention are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Taylor and Francis.