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Fragile Families Study Policy Brief

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Research shows that children raised in low-income families are exposed to more violence than children raised in high-income families. Violence, in turn, is known to be associated with children’s mental health and human capital development. This report summarizes key learning from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study about the prevalence, predictors, and consequences of children’s exposure to neighborhood violence, domestic violence, and parental violence (also referred to as ‘harsh parenting’), paying special attention to racial, ethnic, and nativity differences.