The association between youth violence and mental health outcomes in Colombia: A cross sectional analysis

Violence against children and youth poses public health risks regarding mental health symptoms and substance use. Less studied is the relationship between violence and mental health/substance abuse in the Latin American context. This study explored sex-stratified relationships between violence and mental health/substance use among Colombian youth.

As part of a Child Abuse and Neglect Journal special issue on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), this study uses data from the 2018 Colombian Violence Against Children and Youth Survey to demonstrate the internalized mental health burden of emotional and sexual violence.

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