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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effects of negative labeling on African American youth: A retrospective study
by Wheeler, Josselyn, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 72; 1527424
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the opinions and feelings of urban African American young adults and sought to investigate their perception of discrimination and negative labeling by agency professionals and the impact it had on their attitude and behavior. Furthermore, it sought to discover how personal and vicarious experiences with discrimination shape youth identity, community help seeking patterns and generate a mistrust of service providers.

Results found that majority of the subjects reported that they felt mistrust and disconnect from agency professionals based on their personal experiences and those communicated to them by friends and family members. In addition, subjects described a reluctance to get involved or voluntarily engage with law enforcement based on acquired knowledge or past experiences or treatment.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lam, Brian
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Social research, Social work, Public policy
Publication Number: 1527424
ISBN: 978-1-303-76699-2
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