ERIC Number: ED415952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
The Effects of Victimization on Coping Processes in Suburban Early Adolescents.
Kuther, Tara L.
This study examined developmental differences in rates of victimization by community violence and associated coping processes in 123 sixth, seventh and eighth graders from a parochial school in a small Connecticut city. Subjects completed the Youth's Exposure to Community Violence questionnaire and the Ways of Coping questionnaire. Results indicated that the majority of subjects experienced at least one incident of victimization within the past year, including hitting, chasing, mugging, or wounding. Victims reported more use of each coping process than nonvictims, reflecting emotion-based (self-control, escape avoidance) and problem-based efforts (confrontative coping, planful problem solving, positive reappraisal, accepting responsibility). Results suggest that the experience of being a victim of community violence pushes students to try new strategies to cope with the stress of the incident. (JPB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (62nd, Washington, DC, April 3-6, 1997).