Children’s Exposure to Violence

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Rockville, MD, USA.
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review (Impact Factor: 4.75). 04/2009; 12(1):1-2. DOI: 10.1007/s10567-009-0045-4
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