What gun violence does to health
Gun violence harms the health of victims and witnesses, but it also disrupts community social cohesion and behavioral norms. The people in communities that have experienced violence can suffer adverse health consequences, including post-traumatic stress disorder.
Exposure to gun violence and the disproportionate burden of that violence in certain communities is the topic of today’s A Health Podyssey.
Sarah James, a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University, joins Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil to discuss her research on adolescent exposure to deadly gun violence published in the June 2021 issue of Health Affairs.
She and her coauthors analyzed data about adolescents living or attending school near a deadly gun violence incident in the past year. They found stark trends by race and ethnicity as well as income level.
Listen to Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil interview Sarah James on the affects of adolescent exposure to deadly gun violence within 500 meters of home or school.
This episode is sponsored by the Rural Health Research Gateway at the University of North Dakota.