The Role of Culture in Designing Preventive Intervention

Cynthia Hudley, Univ. of California - Santa Barbara

Overall, adolescents of color report higher levels of exposure to violence, victimization, and racial injustice; higher rates of delinquency and youth violence; and substantially higher levels of emotional distress than their White counterparts. However, the manner in which culturally mediated beliefs, behaviors, and expectations effect the enactment or rejection of antisocial behavior remains largely unexamined. Some interventions targeting aggression and violence have begun to explicitly consider how attention to cultural influences can enhance program efficacy. Two such ongoing intervention projects have joined the Presley Center and CDC Developing Center Projects on Youth Violence Prevention. This paper will present descriptive information and preliminary data on intervention efficacy for those two projects.

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