Implementing a violence intervention for inner-city adolescents: Potential pitfalls and suggested remedies

Paulette Moore Hines, Cathaleene Macias, Tatiana Perrino

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Violence is a growing public health problem that disproportionately affects African American adolescents. There is a pressing need for more attention to be directed to the development of theoretically-based, research- validated, culturally sensitive preventive interventions and programs. This article focuses on the steps involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a culturally-specific program designed to reduce the prevalence of violent behaviors and related injuries and deaths among urban, African American teens. The project's success was heavily dependent upon the commitment and cooperation of the community organizations that participated in the field research. Although numerous unexpected challenges were encountered, the preliminary findings indicate that it is possible to effectively implement preventive interventions in urban communities with modest finding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-49
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 11 1998
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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