Measuring the impact of violence exposure on children's health

The Foundation's initiative, New Connections: Bringing Diversity to RWJF Grantmaking and Increasing Secondary Data Analyses, was designed to address needs for data that can inform the Foundation's program planning or measure progress toward its strategic objectives.Violence exposure among children growing up in the United States, particularly those in lower income urban communities, is a leading pediatric public health problem. In addition to being highly prevalent, exposure to violence is a major cause of childhood morbidity. The purpose of this project is to examine the independent effect of violence exposure (domestic, community and child maltreatment) on children's health. It is hypothesized that children exposed to higher-level violence will score lower on cognitive tests (i.e., global cognitive measures, motor skills) and exhibit more behavioral problems (i.e., aggression, lack of attention) compared to children with lower-level violence or no violence exposure. Children exposed to higher-level violence will be at increased risk for asthma diagnosis compared to children with lower-level or no violence exposure. Effects of violence exposure on the outcomes of interest will be modified by social factors, (i.e., poverty, race, housing conditions).

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $53,608.00

Awarded on: 5/7/2007

Time frame: 5/15/2007 - 4/30/2009

Grant Number: 61856


Harvard University T. H. Chan School of Public Health

677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, 02115-6028


Shakira Franco Suglia
Project Director