ERIC Number: ED402363
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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A Pilot Study of Coping Processes Utilized by African-American Male Adolescents Living in Violent Communities.
This paper is a preliminary report on a study that explored the ways in which African American male adolescents cope with the interpersonal assaultive violence that takes place in their urban communities. Participants were 27 African American male adolescents, aged 13-19, who live in and/or spend the majority of their non-school hours interacting with peers in three target inner-city communities of Boston (Massachusetts). Data was collected through focus groups, individual interviews, and the completion of measures of coping and symptoms of distress. Although participants used all eight types of coping behavior measured by the Ways of Coping Questionnaire, the four most common processes were distancing, confrontation, self-controlling behavior, and planful problem solving. Most young men thought that a violent encounter was something they would have to endure, but about half expressed the opinion that it was sometime possible to do something about it. Victimized and nonvictimized young men differed significantly in their coping processes only in the area of escape/avoidance. The level of symptom distress was much higher among victimized young men. (Contains 10 tables and 29 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.
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