Child Indicators Research

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 579–592 | Cite as

An Exploration into the Impact of Exposure to Community Violence and Hope on Children’s Perceptions of Well-Being: A South African Perspective

  • Shazly SavahlEmail author
  • Serena Isaacs
  • Sabirah Adams
  • Cassandra Zeta Carels
  • Rose September


The study aims to explore the relationship between exposure to community violence, hope, and well-being. More specifically, the study aims to ascertain whether hope is a stronger predictor of well-being than exposure to violence. Stratified random sampling was used to select a sample of 566 adolescents aged 14–17 years, from both high violence and low violence areas in Cape Town, South Africa. A questionnaire consisting of Snyder’s Children’s Hope Scale, the Recent Exposure to Violence Scale and the KIDSCREEN-52 was used. Data analysis techniques included descriptive statistics, correlations, and multiple regression. A positive, significant relationship was found between children’s hope and their well-being. Although exposure to community violence was found to be significantly correlated with well-being, the relationship was negligible. While exposure to community violence and hope were found to be significant predictors of well-being, hope emerged as a stronger predictor of child well-being than exposure to community violence.


Community violence Adolescents Hope Well-being 



This research received financial support from the National Research Foundation of South Africa.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shazly Savahl
    • 1
    Email author
  • Serena Isaacs
    • 1
  • Sabirah Adams
    • 1
  • Cassandra Zeta Carels
    • 1
  • Rose September
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa

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