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Teenage Black Girls and Violence: Coming of Age in an Urban Environment

Author: Brown, Annie Woodley; Gourdine, Ruby Morton
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Human-Behavior-in-the-Social-Environment
Volume/Pages 1998, 1, 2-3, 105-124
Subject Matter Human Behavior
Abstract Questionnaire data are used to investigate exposure to violence & fear of violence in relation to hopefulness & anger among 30 black girls, ages 14-19. All subjects also participated in focus groups, providing a context for the empirical data. Results indicated that overall the girls were hopeful. Correlation & regression procedures revealed a statistically significant negative relationship between hopefulness & exposure to violence. No significant relationship was found between anger & hopefulness. Fear of violence was positively related to exposure to violence but did not appear related to anger or hopefulness. The findings were mixed & did not capture the kind of hopelessness & anger that often appear in the literature describing children growing up in urban environments. The focus group discussions suggested that many of the girls shared the values of mainstream society in terms of their future aspirations & assessment of their communities. 3 Tables, 56 References. Adapted from the source document