Chain of violence: Study shows impact on Palestinian and Israeli children

August 21, 2012

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Children exposed to ethnic and political violence in the Middle East are more aggressive than other children, a new study shows.  And the younger children are, the more strongly they are affected, in a “chain of violence” that goes from political and ethnic strife, to violence in communities, schools, and families, and ends with their own aggressive behavior.

“Our results have important implications for understanding how political struggles spill over into the everyday lives of families and children,” says psychologist Paul Boxer, lead author of the study. (more…)

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