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Community violence and health risk factors among adolescents on Chicago's southside: does gender matter?

School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637, USA.
Journal of Adolescent Health (Impact Factor: 2.97). 06/2010; 46(6):600-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2009.11.213
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