The Effects of Police Killings on African American Adolescents’ Internalized Behaviors

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The Effects of Police Killings on African American Adolescents’ Internalized Behaviors

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AUTHOR NAME: Ashley Cunningham

AUTHOR EMAIL: anc0226@unt.edu

TITLE: The Effects of Police Killings on African American Children’s Internalized Behavior



News and social media tycoons including YouTube and Facebook give the world access to social injustices on a day to day basis. A particular injustice that riddles the African American community is the unjust killing of men and women at the hands of police. Often times, these men and women leave behind children that require assistance in which is not offered. There has been minimal research on the effects of how this experience affects youth in a school environment. This review explores the effects on African American adolescents’ ages 13 through 17 internalized behavior after a parent is shot and killed by police.

5-8 KEYWORDS: African American, Adolescent, Internalized Behavior, Police Shooting, Parent Relationship


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