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NCJ Number: 212441 Find in a Library
Title: "Adging Up" to "Beef on Sight": A Qualitative Study of the Perceived Causes of Interpersonal Conflict and Violence Among African-American Girls in an Urban High School
Journal: Journal of School Violence  Volume:4  Issue:2  Dated:2005  Pages:75-93
Author(s): Mark Cameron; Carolyn E. Taggart
Date Published: 2005
Page Count: 19
Type: Case Study
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined perceptions related to the nature and causes of conflict and violence among African-American girls attending an urban high school.
Abstract: Queen City High School was a troubled school; most of the mainly African-American student population received public assistance and resided in the public housing that flanked both sides of the school. Upon investigation of the notorious violence problem at the school, researchers found that the violence was mainly a problem of the female population. In order to understand the nature and causes of this girl violence, the authors conducted a qualitative study in which 14 female students, 6 male students, and schoolteachers, administrators, and other school personnel were interviewed regarding their perceptions of the girl violence problem. Interview transcripts and field notes from 2 years of research at the school were analyzed using grounded theory method. Results were consistent with previous research on the adolescent and girl violence problem within economically deprived areas. Among the factors negatively impacting girl violence at the school were teacher and student disengagement, peer group valuing of violent conflict, and concern for reputation as a way of ensuring personal safety. Teachers and administrators contributed to the violence problem by the use of impersonal and judgmental styles of relating to students. Interventions involving compassionate mediators worked well to remove conflict among girls from the school setting. References
Main Term(s): Crime in schools; Violence; Violent females
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Female deviance; Urban area studies
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