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PS28A-11-401

RELATION OF COMMUNITY VIOLENCE AND DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND STRESS

[Speaker] Gurrola, Gloria:1
[Co-author] Balcázar, Patricia:1, Moysén, Alejandra:1, García, Dolores:2, Maldonado, Cosme:3, Villaveces, Martha:1
1:Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (Mexico), 2:Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Mexico), 3:Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango (Mexico)

Exposure to community violence among young people has become a significant public health problem given the negative impact on various aspects of development and adolescent adjustment. Therefore the aim of this study was to determine the relationship there is between being contextual witness of acts of community violence violence. For this a violence witnessing scale was designed and validated, which was applied to 2300 students from 7 states in north and southem Mexico together with the list of symptoms (DASS 21). The results indicate positive and significant relationships between the witnessing of community violence and symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. This suggests that violence not only victimizes those who directly suffer it but it also causes great damage in the mental health of the witnesses.
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