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NCJ Number: 249269 Find in a Library
Title: Aggressive Policing and the Mental Health of Young Urban Men
Journal: American Journal of Public Health  Volume:104  Issue:12  Dated:December 2014  Pages:2321-2327
Author(s): Amanda Gellar; Jeffrey Fagan; Tom Tyler; Bruce G. Link
Date Published: December 2014
Page Count: 7
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2010-IJ-CX-0025
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study surveyed young men on their experiences of police encounters and subsequent mental health.
Abstract: The study found that participants who reported more police contact also reported more trauma and anxiety symptoms, associations tied to how many stops they reported, the intrusiveness of the encounters, and their perceptions of police fairness. The intensity of respondent experiences and their associated health risks raise serious concerns, suggesting a need to reevaluate officer interactions with the public. Less invasive tactics are needed for suspects who may display mental health symptoms and to reduce any psychological harms to individuals stopped. Between September 2012 and March 2013, the authors conducted a population-based telephone survey of 1,261 young men aged 18 to 26 years in New York City. Respondents reported how many times they were approached by New York Police Department officers, what these encounters entailed, any trauma they attributed to the stops, and their overall anxiety. Data were analyzed using cross-sectional regressions. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Police-citizen interactions
Index Term(s): Male offenders; Mentally ill offenders; New York; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Young Adult (18-24)
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