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An Exploration of the Co-Victimization Experiences of Black Adolescent Males in Urban Environments

Bamwine, Patricia (2018) An Exploration of the Co-Victimization Experiences of Black Adolescent Males in Urban Environments. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Black adolescent males are disproportionally affected by both homicide and homicide co-victimization. The individual experiences of homicide co-victims shape their families, communities, and society as a whole. This dissertation attempts to deeply understand sociocultural factors that influence the societal and psychological consequences of homicide among Black adolescent male co-victims of murder and how they cope and experience bereavement. The results are presented in three separate manuscripts. The first study presents a narrative review of the literature on the psychological consequences of homicide co-victimization. The second study is a quantitative analysis that explores the role of social support and suicide risk amongst individuals who have lost a friend or family member to homicide. The third study presents the results from in depth, face-to-face interviews that were conducted to better understand the bereavement processes of young Blak men. This dissertation provides a comprehensive understanding of the negative impact of homicide on the well-being of Black adolescent males in urban communities. The results suggest that young men are at risk for poor mental health outcomes and that social support serves as a protective factor against distress. The findings may inform social workers who work in neighborhoods or with young people in neighborhoods with high rates of homicide to develop trauma informed practices and interventions to better support young men after experiences violent loss


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairWallace, Johnjohnw@pitt.edujohnw
Committee MemberBooth, Jamiejmbooth@pitt.edujnmbooth
Committee MemberJackson-Foster, Lovie
Committee MemberMiller,
Date: 3 August 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 31 August 2017
Approval Date: 3 August 2018
Submission Date: 11 May 2018
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 112
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Social Work > Social Work
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Black; Youth; Homicide; Bereavement
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2018 17:17
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2023 05:15

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