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Community Violence Exposure and Risk Taking Behaviors Among Black Emerging Adults: A Systematic Review

Black emerging adults ages 18 to 29, particularly those residing in predominantly Black urban communities, are at risk for community violence exposure (CVE). They may engage in risky behaviors (e.g., violence, substance, use and unprotected sex) as a way to cope with experiences of CVE. To develop recommendations for future research and ways to address these concerns, this article synthesizes results from studies that have examined CVE and its associations with risk taking behaviors among Black emerging adults.

Project: Youth Development


Motley, R. O., Jr., Sewell, W., & Chen, Y.-C. (2017).  Community violence exposure and risk taking behaviors among Black emerging adults: A systematic review. Journal of Community Health, 42(5), 1069–1078. doi:10.1007/s10900-017-0353-4