Study looks at how South Side adolecents cope with violence

December 6, 2010

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In "Eight Forty-Eight's" new series, Mayor Mondays, the show explores life in Chicago, how it’s changed under Mayor Richard M. Daley and how it will change under new leadership. Over the past few weeks, "Eight Forty-Eight" talked about food and health. This week, it's focusing on crime.

Jury selection in the trial of one of the teens charged in the beating death of 17-year-old Derrion Albert begins Monday. A 14 year old is one of the accused charged with murdering Albert. Chicago made national and international news for that and other high-profile crimes involving young people recently. While youth violence continues to rip some neighborhoods apart, not a whole lot is known about how young people cope with violence.

So that’s exactly what Dexter Voisin from the University of Chicago set out to study two years ago; his findings are out now in "The Journal of Interpersonal Violence."

Voisin is an associate professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and he joined "Eight Forty-Eight" to discuss his new study looking at how black youth on the South Side cope with community violence.

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