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Young African American Males: Promoting Psychological and Social Well-Being

Author: Snell et al.,Cudore L.
Author Background:
Date 1998
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Human-Behavior-in-the-Social-Environment
Volume/Pages 1(2-3) 125-136
Subject Matter African American, Youths, Males
Abstract Reports on results of two studies on young African American males (1) addressing the concept of lifescript for 18 young adult males on probation from a criminal justice system in Washington, DC, & (2) exploring help-seeking behaviors of 70 young street males in a mid-Atlantic urban environment. A survey design with an informal & formal semistructured interview schedule was the chief method used to collect data for both studies. Findings indicate that the majority of informants report that they had good friendship & family ties, including excellent relationships with their mothers & good relationships with their fathers, & that they were fathers themselves & were contributing to the support of their own children. Respondents viewed educational achievement as critical for their success. Utilization of formal systems, medical services, legal services, & ministerial help are seen as most accessible, while police, social, & mental health services are viewed as much less available or useful. Recommendations for practice with young urban African American males are offered. 28 References. Adapted from the source document