Future Orientation as a Protective Factor for African American Adolescents Exposed to Community Violence Academic Article uri icon


  • For African American youth disproportionately exposed to community violence and the associated risk of externalizing behaviors, developmental assets that reduce the risk for externalizing behaviors and enhance adaptive coping should be explored. In a sample of 572 African American adolescents ( Mage = 15.85; SD = 1.42), the current study explored whether future orientation or gender buffered the impact of community violence exposure on externalizing behaviors. The current study also examined the interaction between future orientation, gender, and violence-specific coping strategies to determine their association with externalizing behaviors. Future orientation moderated the relationship between violence exposure and delinquent, but not aggressive, behaviors. Future orientation interacted differently with coping for males and females to predict externalizing behaviors. Research and clinical implications are discussed.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 8

author list (cited authors)

  • So, S., Gaylord-Harden, N. K., Voisin, D. R., & Scott, D.

citation count

  • 42

complete list of authors

  • So, Suzanna||Gaylord-Harden, Noni K||Voisin, Dexter R||Scott, Darrick

publication date

  • September 2018