Damaged youth: prevalence of community violence exposure and implications for adolescent well-being in post-conflict Northern Ireland

Kareena McAloney, Patrick McCrystal, Andrew Percy, Claire McCartan

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Abstract

As Northern Ireland transitions to a post-conflict society the nature of violent victimization and its influence on adolescents following the “Troubles” becomes an even more important area of interest. Adolescents are particularly at risk of victimization and associated social, emotional, and psychological health problems. In this analysis of the fifth year of the Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS), the prevalence and implications of exposure to violence is examined for a sample of 3,828 young people (aged 15–16 years). Knowledge of violent events was particularly prevalent suggesting that the social and psychological legacy of the “Troubles” may pass onto post-conflict generations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-648
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • community
  • violence
  • Northern Ireland
  • conflict

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