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Gupta Löfving, Sandra
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Löfving-Gupta, S., Willebrand, M., Koposov, R., Blatny, M., Hrdlicka, M., Schwab-Stone, M. & Ruchkin, V. (2018). Community violence exposure and substance use: cross-cultural and gender perspectives. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 27(4), 493-500
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2018 (English)In: European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, ISSN 1018-8827, E-ISSN 1435-165X, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 493-500Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The negative effects of community violence exposure on child and adolescent mental health are well documented and exposure to community violence has been linked both to a number of internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Our aim was, therefore, to investigate cross-cultural and gender differences in the relationship between community violence exposure and substance abuse. A self-report survey was conducted among 10,575, 12-18 year old adolescents in three different countries, Czech Republic (N = 4537), Russia (N = 2377) and US (N = 3661). We found that in all three countries both substance use and problem behavior associated with it increased similarly along with severity of violence exposure and this association was not gender-specific. It was concluded that in spite of the differences in the levels of violence exposure and substance use cross-culturally and by gender, the pattern of their association is neither culturally nor gender bound.

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Community violence exposure, Substance use, Gender, Adolescents
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Psychiatry Pediatrics
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-358568 (URN)10.1007/s00787-017-1097-5 (DOI)000429661700010 ()29264649 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-09-17 Created: 2018-09-17 Last updated: 2018-09-17Bibliographically approved

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