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Comment & Response
July 9, 2014

Housing Mobility and Adolescent Mental Health—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2014;312(2):190-191. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.6471

In Reply The paradoxical effect described by Dr Norris is anything but a paradox. Stress researchers have long known that community contexts can influence interpretations of traumatic experiences and that the effects of these experiences on PTSD vary with the extent to which the experiences shatter deeply held world views about such things as community safety and justice.1 These processes can lead to patterns like the one found in our study due to the adverse psychological effects of traumatic experiences being greater in better neighborhoods.

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