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NCJ Number: 147791 Find in a Library
Author(s): M V Guevara
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 109
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Thesis/Dissertation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among youth exposed to gang violence.
Abstract: Eighty-five predominantly Hispanic students, ages 12 to 18, from Los Angeles area continuation schools participated in this study. Individual interviews were used to obtain information regarding personal and family history, reading achievement, exposure to gang violence, and PTSD symptomatology. Only 12 percent of the subjects reported no exposure to gang violence. Thirty-six percent of the subjects were diagnosed PTSD positive. Statistically significant correlations were found between exposure to gang violence and PTSD symptomatology, and between number of family risk factors and severity of exposure to violence. No significant relationship was found between PTSD symptomatology and a measure of reading achievement. Results suggest that many inner-city youth are exposed to high levels of gang violence and they display significant symptoms of psychological trauma. References, tables, literature review, appendixes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Gangs; Post-trauma stress disorder (PTSD)
Note: Fuller Theological Seminary - doctoral dissertation
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