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.
|Commitee:||Santhiveeran, Janaki, Wilson, Steve|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|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|
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