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PS26A-09-108

COMMUNITY VIOLENCE AND HOPELESSNESS IN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

[Speaker] Gurrola, Gloria:1
[Co-author] Balcázar, Patricia:1, Garay, Julieta:1, Esparza, Oscar:2, Luis, Oliva:3, Estrada, Elizabeth:1
1:Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Mexico), 2:Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (Mexico), 3:Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Mexico)

During adolescence, hope for the future can facilitate positive successful development into adulthood. However, living in environments characterized by high degrees of violence can have a negative impact on peoples hope. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the relation that exists between exposure to community violence and the levels of hopelessness. A community violence exposure scale was applied to 2300 university students from 7 states of the north and center of the Mexican Republic. The results indicate a positive correlation between direct exposure and hopelessness and moderate positive correlations in the case of indirect exposure, and exposure in neighborhoods, schools and places of leisure. The results are a warning for us, in the sense that despair can negatively impact youngsters, manifesting risky or violent behavior.
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