Identity Matters: A New Intervention Threshold for Social Work Practitioners Working with African American Adolescents

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The aim of this study was to provide empirical evidence for the notion that social work interventionists should consider identity issues in African American adolescents as a foci in the development of intervention strategies. The author provides an overview of the major identity constructs and their interrelationships in African American adolescents. An example of the pervasiveness of relevant identity issues in African American adolescents was demonstrated by using a regression analysis to determine how identity characteristics predicted various forms of aggression in incarcerated and nonincarcerated youth. Significant statistical findings and theoretical support was used to sustain the rational of “identity matters.”

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DeCarlo, A. Identity Matters: A New Intervention Threshold for Social Work Practitioners Working with African American Adolescents. Child Adolesc Soc Work J 22, 35–55 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-005-2553-5

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  • Identity
  • African American Adolescents
  • Aggression