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By Darby Saxbe
University of Southern California 

Living with neighborhood violence may shape teens' brains

 


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(THE CONVERSATION) Flinching as a gunshot whizzes past your window. Covering your ears when a police car races down your street, sirens blaring. Walking past a drug deal on your block or a beating at your school.

For kids living in picket-fence suburbia, these experiences might be rare. But for their peers in urban poverty, they are all too commonplace. More than half of children and adolescents living in cities have experienced some form of community violence – acts of distur...



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