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Social Work With African American MalesHealth, Mental Health, and Social Policy$
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Waldo E. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.001.0001

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Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope

Stress, Coping, and Problem Behaviors Among Young African American Males

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(p.179) 10 Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope
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Social Work With African American Males
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M. Daniel Bennett

Fanike K. Olugbala

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.003.0010

This chapter examines the link between chronic exposure to certain social and environmental stressors — sometimes referred to as urban stressors — and a range of poor outcomes, including, but not limited to, increased aggression, anxiety, low grade point average, delinquency, depression, and social withdrawal. Given the range of poor outcomes associated with chronic exposure to urban stressors, it appears that for some young African American males, such exposure may elicit maladaptive coping responses. Hence for many of these young men, the experience of living in an urban environment presents a set of unique challenges that can have a negative impact on their transition to adulthood. As such, urban stress and its related outcomes are important considerations in the study of ethnic minority children and adolescent development.

Keywords:   African American males, African American youth, urban stress, adaptive coping, social stress

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