Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Crack cocaine, the impact of racialization of imagery and the effects on the African American community from the perceptions of social workers
by Leonard, D'Asha, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 78; 1526923
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative study explored substance abuse providers' attitudes, perceptions and beliefs about the impact of crack cocaine in the African American community.

Fifteen participants were surveyed utilizing a semi-structured interview guide about (a) their experiences working with African American clients; (b) biases, stereotypes and stigmas that have impacted African Americans in relation to the use of crack cocaine; and (c) attitudes, perceptions and beliefs about the media's role in the racialization of imagery and its impact on the African American community.

Participants reported multiple significant indicators regarding a client's success in treatment as well as the competence of providers who work with African American clients. Furthermore, participants indicated that a thorough knowledge base of the historical experience of African Americans and its implication for the use of crack cocaine is necessary. Mental health professionals need to have a better understanding of the historical impact of crack cocaine on African American individuals, families and the community as a whole.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Glezakos, Agathi
Commitee: Santhiveeran, Janaki, Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Black studies, Social work
Keywords: Crack cocaine, Racialization of imagery
Publication Number: 1526923
ISBN: 978-1-321-27723-4
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