At the highest levels of violence exposure, youth with good ability to regulate their emotions were equally likely as youth with poor emotional regulation skill to have symptoms of depression and anxiety.Kliewer, W., Cunningham, J.N., Diehl, R., Parrish, K.A., Walker, J.M., Atiyeh, C., Neace, B., Duncan, L., Taylor, K. & Mejia, R. (2004). Violence Exposure and Adjustment in Inner-City Youth: Child and Caregiver Emotion Regulation Skill, Caregiver-Child Relationship Quality, and Neighborhood Cohesion as Protective Factor. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 33(3), 477-487.
Even the most skillful among us has a breaking point. There is just so much we can learn about coping. We also need to work on preventing the violence.