A study of the high incarceration rates, health and life expectancy of African-American men and the role of early prevention/intervention.
# 27161 | 4,837 words | 32 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on May 27, 2003 in Anthropology (General) , Sociology (General) , African-American Studies (General)
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This paper discusses how African-American male adolescents and adults are embedded in a context that is less supportive of their health and well being than of any other group in this country. It analyzes how this is reflected by lower life expectancies, high-risk exposure and higher levels of incarceration than any other group. Through an extensive literature review, it shows how African-Americans disproportionately reside in large cities which seem to have higher homicide rates and higher rates of alcohol and drug abuse and how, when they do drink, they tend to have worse consequences from their drinking, including incarceration and addiction. It also examines how a consequence of incarceration, is exacerbated health issues and exposure to new, life-threatening infections, such as HIV. It looks at how improving the health status of African-American males requires a multi-faceted approach, including support of a two-adult family structure, continuing emphasis on the negative impacts of racism, reduction of drug and alcohol abuse, intervention in prison health systems and improved recidivism programs.
From the Paper:"Alcohol use is prevalent among the African-American male population in urban areas, specifically. As noted in previous pages, this population tends to do somewhat more heavy drinking than its white peers, with that heavy drinking concentrated among the lower income population, and it tends to suffer disproportionately from drinking consequences and alcohol dependence symptoms. In addition, this group is more exposed to alcohol than the general population, with targeted advertising and increased alcohol outlet density (Scribner et al., 1995 & 1999)."
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