Stress and coping in students exposed to crime and violence: a comparative study of students studying at campuses in South Africa, Australia and England

Lucas, Marilyn, Damianova, Maria, Burney, Sue and Ponto, Maria (2006) Stress and coping in students exposed to crime and violence: a comparative study of students studying at campuses in South Africa, Australia and England. In: 27th STAR Society Conference; 13 - 15 July 2006, Rethymnon, Crete.

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Abstract

University life has its own stressors but does not take place in a vacuum, especially as universities are no longer homogeneous entities. Stressors exist beyond the control of the student. In South Africa, levels of urban crime and violence experienced beyond that of stable countries is a dominant stressor. The impact of non-war violence on student functioning is poorly understood. The present study investigated the extent and nature of students’ exposure to crime and violence in South Africa, their stress and coping levels and compared the results to students in Australia and England. Students in South Africa were exposed to the most crime and violence but stress and coping levels did not notably differ across campuses. A significant difference was found however between those students exposed to crime and violence and those not exposed. It was concluded that exposure frequency or severity caused psychological sequelae regardless of the place of study.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: 27th STAR Society Conference
Organising Body: Stress and Anxiety Research Society
Research Area: Education
Psychology
Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
Depositing User: Gemma Sansom
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2010 08:22
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2012 10:21
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/15401

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