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The Effects of Violence on Children’s Friendships



        How does exposure to high levels of neighborhood violence affect children? In a study with Mario Small published in Sociological Science, I examine how violence affects children's friendship formation. We find that violence makes children choose friends strategically and reduces their ability to form trusting relationships.



Chan Tack, A.M., and Small, Mario Luis (2017) “Making Friends in Violent Neighborhoods: Strategies for Elementary School ChildrenSociological Science 4(10): 224-248

Chan Tack, A.M., and Small, Mario Luis (2017) “Chicago Violence Changes How Children Make Friends” Crain’s Chicago Business Mar 28, 2017 


Profiled in New York Magazine, PBS/WTTW Chicago, Psychology Today, and Miller McCune-Pacific Standard

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