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Deadly force : perceptions of police and exploration of strategies used by African American mothers to protect their sons

Author: Abril N Harris
Publisher: [Long Beach, California] : California State University, Long Beach, 2017.
Dissertation: M.S.W. California State University, Long Beach 2017
Series: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, School of Social Work.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : English
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Abstract: The African American community's relationship with the police has historically been strained for more than a century. How that tumultuous relationship affects African American mother's perceptions of police and confidence in the ability for police to interact safely with their sons has not been explored thus far. It is the intention of this study to explore and offer insight into the experience of African  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Abril N Harris
ISBN: 9781369773859 1369773854
OCLC Number: 1001439005
Description: 1 online resource (iv, 66 pages)
Series Title: California State University, Long Beach.; Master's thesis collection, School of Social Work.
Responsibility: by Abril N. Harris.

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Abstract: The African American community's relationship with the police has historically been strained for more than a century. How that tumultuous relationship affects African American mother's perceptions of police and confidence in the ability for police to interact safely with their sons has not been explored thus far. It is the intention of this study to explore and offer insight into the experience of African American mothers with sons and potential police interactions. This qualitative study utilized a focus group setting to gather information. Within two weeks of the focus group 6 participants withdrew, the focus group ultimately included 6 participants. Participants voiced their need to educate their sons about police, Blackness being a risk factor, the emotional burdens of ensuring safety, strategies used to promote safety in potential police interactions, and possible solutions to strained community police relations. Participants developed strategies to increase safety by asking their sons to be compliant, stay under the radar, utilize family support, recreational and community resources. While there was a lack of confidence and mistrust of the police, participants maintained hope that with training and positive community interactions there can be improvement in safety during police interactions.

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