New SSW Research: Association of Exposure to Police Violence With Prevalence of Mental Health Sympto


SSW Post-Doctoral Fellow Hyun-Jin Jun, Dean Richard Barth and PhD program alumna Lisa Fedina are co-authors of new research published in JAM Network Open.

"Association of Exposure to Police Violence With Prevalence of Mental Health Symptoms Among Urban Residents in the United States," asks the questions: what is the prevalence of police violence exposure in cities in the United States, and what is the association of police violence exposure with adverse mental health outcomes independent of other forms of trauma exposure and crime involvement?

Findings In this cross-sectional, general population survey study of 1000 adults residing in Baltimore, Maryland, and New York City, New York, police violence exposure was reported at a prevalence ranging from 3% for sexual violence to 15% for neglect, inequitably distributed across demographic groups, and was associated with concurrent mental health symptoms.

Meaning The findings suggest that police violence is experienced by many urban residents in the United States and may be associated with mental health disparities.

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