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Sources of Help for Dating Violence Victims: A Qualitative Inquiry Into the Perceptions of African American Teens

Show simple item record Spriggs Madkour, Aubrey Swiatlo, Alison Talan, Allison LeSar, Kendra Broussard, Marsha Kendall, Carl Seal, David 2020-05-20T17:57:47Z 2020-05-20T17:57:47Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Although teen dating violence victims’ reticence in seeking help from adults is well documented, little is known about youths’ comparative perceptions of the types of help offered by and effectiveness of various sources. This qualitative study solicited teens’ perceptions of sources of help for victims using in-depth interviews with African American youth (ages 13-18) in two public high schools in New Orleans (N = 38). Participants were recruited purposively by researchers during lunchtime and via referral by school personnel. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and coded independently by two study team members. Thematic content analyses were conducted. Teens reported that victims were most likely to seek help from friends, who were largely expected to provide advice and comfort. Nearly half reported that teens would be likely to seek help from family, who would provide more active responses to dating violence (i.e., reporting to authorities, confronting the abuser). Fewer respondents believed teens would seek help from other adults, such as school personnel, who were also perceived as likely to enlist outside authorities. Fears about lack of confidentiality and over-reaction were the main perceived barriers to accessing help from adults. Furthermore, although respondents believed teens would be less likely to seek help from adults, adults were perceived as more effective at stopping abuse compared with peers. Interventions that train peer helpers, explain confidentiality to teens, increase school personnel’s ability to provide confidential counseling, and promote use of health services may improve access to help for teen dating violence victims. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Interpersonal Violence en_US
dc.subject Interview Results en_US
dc.subject Teen Dating Violence en_US
dc.subject Peer-on-peer Abuse en_US
dc.subject Youth Violence en_US
dc.subject Adolescents en_US
dc.subject Victims en_US
dc.subject Help Seeking en_US
dc.subject Informal Support en_US
dc.subject Social Support en_US
dc.subject Friends en_US
dc.subject Partner Abuse en_US
dc.subject Victim Services en_US
dc.subject Intimate Partner Violence en_US
dc.subject African American en_US
dc.subject African-American en_US
dc.subject Black en_US
dc.subject Parents en_US
dc.subject Family en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Service en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Reporting en_US
dc.subject Peer Specialist en_US
dc.subject Healthcare en_US
dc.title Sources of Help for Dating Violence Victims: A Qualitative Inquiry Into the Perceptions of African American Teens en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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