This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 8: Reducing Risk Taking among African American Males
Reducing Risk Taking among African American Males
The primary prevention of risk-taking behavior among African American male youth in this country continues to challenge practitioners, scientists, and policymakers. Particularly refractory to preventive intervention efforts are risk-taking problems of violence and drug use. Rates of violence and drug use among African American adolescent males are unacceptably high. Indeed, including violent crime, murder, and forcible rape, reported rates of violence among juveniles in this country are at an all-time high. Despite trends toward decreased substance use among teenagers nationwide, significant numbers of youth in America's large urban areas abuse drugs to their and society's detriment. Adolescents from ethnic-racial minority groups are at highest risk for violence and drug use. Although innovative ...