Addressing a gap in more complete understanding of the impact of the social ecology of political violence on youth adjustment, an innovative methodology for assessing the influence of the macrosystem is described. As Monograph authors Dana Townsend and E. Mark Cummings explain in this video, the focus of this study was on effects of the macrosystem on youth functioning. The data came from a multi-wave longitudinal study of 999 mothers and children drawn from socially deprived neighborhoods in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Their results show the importance of taking the macrosystem into account, and also demonstrate the importance of considering ethnicity when studying the effects of political violence on youth.

The study was published in the November 2020 issue of the Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development titled, “Youth in Northern Ireland: Linking Violence Exposure, Emotional Insecurity, and the Political Macrosystem.”

Video Credits:

  • Authors: Dana Townsend and E. Mark Cummings
  • Images and Video Production: University of Notre Dame Marcomm Video Team

Society for Research in Child Development [srcdchilddevelopment]. (2020, November 16). Overview: Youth Development in Northern Ireland | Monograph Matters 85.4 [Video File]. Retrieved from