Violence and community, terms in conflict: An ecological approach to resilience

Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers, Liliana Lopez Levi

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The authors provide a description of the impact that violence has on US. Latino and Mexican youth, discuss vulnerability factors, and describe cultural-community resilience that acts as a buffer against violence. An ecological model is presented that incorporates community structures, the cultural values of familismo, respeto, and personalismo, and addresses how to decrease the stigma associated with seeking mental health services. It is thought that the variables and values in particular ecosystems must be examined to determine how the individual responds to the surrounding community.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Distress and the Homeless
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


  • Cross-cultural counseling
  • Latino youth
  • Resilience


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