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Title:The need for outreach programs for African American men in inner city areas
Author(s):Showers, Tarisha
Advisor(s):Petruzzello, Steven J
Department / Program:Community Health
Discipline:Community Health
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):African American Men, Outreach programs, Inner city
Abstract:This thesis sought to analyze the need for outreach programs for African-American males in inner city areas. This study identified societal issues that pose as potential barriers for African-American males. These included issues like unemployment, high school drop-out rates, lack of male role models, racial profiling, substance abuse, homicide rates, neighborhood violence, and high incarceration rates. The research focused on African American males from the Urbana-Champaign area (N=35, 17.0±2.1 yrs). The impact of these barriers on young African-American males was examined. A closer look was also taken at existing programs that target African American males in the area. This study revealed that in spite of selecting issues they believed African American men face, very few of the participants reported having received services to help deal with these issues. The results also revealed a perceived lack of effective services being available to African American men. Although the study had a relatively small sample, the findings support the need for action to take place, particularly in understanding barriers and facilitators for African American men seeking outreach services.
Issue Date:2019-07-11
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Tarisha Showers
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-26
Date Deposited:2019-08

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