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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Individuals As Community Assets: Resilience And Hope In Community-Based Leaders Of Peru

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Abstract # 276:
Individuals As Community Assets: Resilience And Hope In Community-Based Leaders Of Peru
Presenter: Roxanna Morote
Poverty and social violence have negative impacts on psychosocial well-being. However, in spite of living in social exclusion, community-based leaders improve their living conditions and become social caregivers. We explored if community-based leaders have higher levels of individual resilience and hope, and better indicators of emotional well-being. We compared college students (n = 323), non-organized adults (n = 202), and community-based leaders (n = 167) evaluated with the Resilience Scale for Adults (RSA), the Herth Hope Scale (HHS) and the Hopkins Symptom Checklist (HSCL-25). Community leaders show higher levels of interpersonal competences and resources, positive self-evaluation and efficacy (RSA), as well as social and global aspects of hope (HHS). However, they show not better indices of emotional well-being (HHS hopelessness, HSCL anxiety or depression). In the three groups compared, low resilience is a significant risk for anxiety and depression (HSCL > 1,75), specially for women. Leadership and gender have significant main effects on the development of RSA social competences and resources (Factorial ANOVAs). In conclusion, leaders show outstanding resources but they are still vulnerable to emotional distress, thus community interventions should acknowledge both their strengths and vulnerabilities. Resilience research may connect individual and community assets through the study of social leadership.


Roxanna Morote Rios

Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychology and Graduate School (Ma. in Community Psychology) in the Catholic University of Peru. PhD in Psychology (University of Leuven, Belgium) and Ma. in Gender and Ethnicity (Utrecht University, The Netherlands). My current research focuses... Read More →

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm EDT
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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