Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 265–278

Violence and Community, Terms in Conflict: An Ecological Approach to Resilience


  • Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers
    • Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of EducationRutgers University
  • Liliana Lopez Levi
    • Department of Politics and CultureUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana

DOI: 10.1023/A:1016804930977

Cite this article as:
Clauss-Ehlers, C.S. & Levi, L.L. Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless (2002) 11: 265. doi:10.1023/A:1016804930977


The authors provide a description of the impact that violence has on U.S. 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.

cross-cultural counselingresilienceLatino youth

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