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|Abstract:||PURPOSE: To assess whether childhood exposure to violent contexts is prospectively associated with risky adolescent health behavior and whether these associations are specific to different contexts of violence and different types of risky behavior. METHODS: Data come from 2,684 adolescents in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a population-based birth cohort study of children born between 1998 and 2000 in 20 large American cities. Using logistic regression models, we evaluate whether exposure to 6 indicators of community violence and 7 indicators of family violence at ages 5 and 9 is associated with risky sexual behavior, substance use, and obesity risk behavior at age 15. RESULTS: Controlling for a range of adolescent, parent, and neighborhood covariates, each additional point on the community violence scale is associated with 8% higher odds of risky sexual behavior but not substance use or obesity risk behavior. Alternatively, each additional point on the family violence scale is associated with 20% higher odds of substance use but not risky sexual behavior or obesity risk behavior. CONCLUSIONS: Childhood exposure to violent contexts is associated with risky adolescent health behaviors, but the associations are context and behavior specific. After including covariates, we find no association between childhood exposure to violent contexts and obesity risk behavior.|
|Citation:||James, Sarah, Donnelly, Louis, Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne, McLanahan, Sara. (2018). Links Between Childhood Exposure to Violent Contexts and Risky Adolescent Health Behaviors. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 63 (1), 94 - 101. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2018.01.013|
|Pages:||94 - 101|
|Type of Material:||Journal Article|
|Journal/Proceeding Title:||The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine|
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