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  • Adolescent Concern With Social Issues: An Exploratory Comparison Between Australian, Colombian, and Northern Irish Students

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    Peace & Conflict, Vol: 7, Page: 59-76,Lawrence Erlbaum Associates

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    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of the study was to examine the extent of adolescent concern with 4 social issues from 3 communities, and to document how young people cope with these concerns


    This study from 3 communities sought to determine the extent of adolescent concern with 4 social issues, and to document how young people cope with these concerns. A group of 399 students, aged 14 to 18 years, from 3 urban communities indicated their level of concern with 4 social issues. These were Pollution, Discrimination, Fear of Global War, and Community Violence. They then described how they coped with their main concern. In general, the Colombian students indicated the greatest levels of concern, the Northern Irish were the least concerned, and the Australian students were somewhere between these 2 groups in expressed levels of concern. However, the order of importance that each group ascribed to specific concerns varied. When it comes to coping, both community and gender-related differences were noted. In all communities, female participants were more likely to resort to using Tension Reduction strategies and less likely to turn to Relaxing Diversions, Physical Recreation, Ignore the Problem, and Keep to Self. The variations in coping across the 3 communities demonstrate the impact of community setting on both concerns and coping and support the usefulness of obtaining community-specific data before launching into any community-based program. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Peace & Conflict is the property of Lawrence Erlbaum Associates and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


    Erica Frydenberg; Ramon Lewis; Ruben Ardila; Ed Cairns; Gregor Kennedy

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Comparison Study » Descriptive Studies - With a comparative dimension: time, geography, treatment, procedures


    Article 10781919 Accession Number: 4802737; Frydenberg, Erica 1; Email Address:; Lewis, Ramon 2; Ardila, Ruben 3; Cairns, Ed 4; Kennedy, Gregor 5; Affiliations: 1: Department of Learning and Education Development, University of Melbourne, Australia. 2: Institute for Education La Trobe University, Australia. 3: Department of Psychology National, University of Colombia, Colombia. 4: School of Psychology University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. 5: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. Source Info: 2001, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p59; Thesaurus Term: ADOLESCENCE; Thesaurus Term: OLD age; Thesaurus Term: ETHNOLOGY; Thesaurus Term: COMMUNITY centers; Thesaurus Term: ASSIMILATION (Sociology); Subject Term: IRELAND; Subject Term: IRELAND; Number of Pages: 18p; Illustrations: 3 graphs. Document Type: Article; Full Text Word Count: 6483


    adolescent concern with social issues

    International Classification:

    Other - adolescent



    International (Australian, Colombian, and Northern Irish Students)