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NCJ Number: 227851 Find in a Library
Title: "Anything Can Happen With Police Around": Urban Youth Evaluate Strategies of Surveillance in Public Places
Journal: Journal of Social Issues  Volume:59  Issue:1  Dated:2003  Pages:141-158
Author(s): Michelle Fine; Nick Freudenberg; Yasser Payne; Tiffany Perkins; Kersha Smith; Katya Wanzer
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Helenia Fund

Leslie Glass Foundation

Open Society Foundation
New York, NY 10019
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study surveyed 911 New York City urban youth - stratified by race, ethnicity, gender, and borough - about their experiences with, attitudes toward, and trust of surveillance in their communities and schools by police, educators, social workers, and guards.
Abstract: First, the data show that across race, ethnicity, and gender, youth report adverse interactions with and low trust in adults in positions of public authority. Second, interactions with police and adults in authority differed by ethnicity and gender. The findings confirm that African-Americans and Latino boys have the highest rates of adverse interactions and mistrust of the police and feel least safe in the city. The young men seemed resigned to such treatment to the point of being unlikely to challenge the injustice of this biased treatment. Compared to the young women, the young men were more likely to have negative interactions with the police. On the other hand, the young women were more likely to experience sexual harassment from police. Third, most of the youth reported that the cumulative impact of adverse interactions with police, security guards, teachers, and store staff was to make them feel unwelcome in public places, and they felt powerless to challenge what they viewed as unwarranted and unfair treatment. On the other hand, the youth recognized that the surveillance stemed from the bad behavior of some youth and that profiling of youth by gender and ethnicity was inevitable. Fifth, school size may be a significant predictor of youths' trust in adults in general. Youth who attend small schools with caring educators report heightened trust in adults, which generalizes to social workers, police, and other educators. These youth are most likely to rely on adults for support and seek assistance for help. 1 table and 36 references
Main Term(s): Police juvenile relations
Index Term(s): Juvenile attitudes toward authority; New York; Police-minority relations; Surveillance
Note: For other articles in this issue, see NCJ-227844-50 and NCJ-117852.
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