Exposure to community violence among Arab youth in Israel: Rates and characteristics

Muhammad M. Haj-Yahia, Becky Leshem, Neil Guterman

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Abstract

The research explored the rates and characteristics of exposure to community violence (CV) and its relevance to several sociodemographic factors among a sample of 833 Arab youth aged 14-18 years residing in diverse residential areas in Israel. Data were collected using a self-report questionnaire. The frequency of exposure to CV during the past 12 months correlated significantly with the children's gender. The frequency of witnessing CV during that period was higher than the frequency of personally experiencing CV, and exposure to mild CV incidents during that period was higher than the frequency of exposure to severe CV incidents during the same period, with no significant relationship to sociodemographic factors. Participants reported higher rates of exposure to most CV incidents outside of the neighborhood; however, exposure to beating was higher inside the participants' neighborhood. Moreover, the highest overall rate of exposure to CV was at school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-151
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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