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"Each situation of violence has unique characteristics. For children and teenagers, the impact of community violence always goes beyond the tragic and senseless loss of those injured or killed to include the reverberating impact of trauma on developmental and community wellbeing over time. Young children are dependent on caregivers, family and community to create environments that are safe both physically and psychologically. Episodes of violence shatter this sense of safety and may challenge their core belief that adults are able to protect them from danger."
Janet Shapiro is Dean of the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Professor of Social Work, and Director of the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing. Her research interests focus on the translation of developmental research to applied issues of practice relevant to indicators of child and family wellbeing.