Environmental safety and exposure to violence of inner city children experiencing a psychiatric crisis
Children, violence, psychiatric crisis
This manuscript focuses on the environmental safety and exposure to violence of a group of particularly vulnerable children ages 5 to 18 years. These children, 96% of whom are African American or Hispanic, resided in the Bronx, New York and presented at a psychiatric emergency room in crisis. The Bronx is New York City's poorest borough and 20% of the murders in New York State are committed there. Of the approximately 300 children eventually enrolled in the master study, 41% were exposed to at least one unsafe environment (home, neighborhood, school or school neighborhood); 21% were exposed to one unsafe environment; 14% to two; 5% to three, and 1% to four unsafe environments. A subsample of 36 children was studied intensively for their direct exposure to violence. Only 50% rated themselves as feeling safe on the streets, while about 80% felt safe at home. The percentage of children who reported witnessing acts of violence was 31% for shootings, 23% for stabbings, 26% for robberies, and 87% for beatings. Two case studies of these children are presented and the implications of these findings are discussed.
Scholar Commons Citation
Boothroyd, Roger A. and Evans, M. E., "Environmental safety and exposure to violence of inner city children experiencing a psychiatric crisis" (2001). Mental Health Law & Policy Faculty Publications. 122.