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Start Date

22-4-2017 10:00 AM

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Community Application, Scholarship of Interdisciplinary Integration, Scholarship of Faith Integration


Author Abstract:

The purpose of the current qualitative case study was to investigate the potential relationship between the Empowerment Theological Action Model and inner-city youth who were exposed to violence, particularly in a Midwestern city. In this study, 7 (n=7) inner-city African-American youth aged 18 participated regarding their exposure to the ETA. These youth grew up amid dysfunctional families, poverty, violent crimes and no religious involvement. Intricate interplay between religious practices, ethics, values, and social institutions has gained notable attraction during the last few decades. Religious involvement and innovative empowerment interventions, such as empowerment theological action research, were missing in the lives of these African American young people. Also, although some organizations and institutions dedicate themselves to preventing youth violence, many youths felt disempowered by the very organizations and agencies that intended to help them. Youth violence is a worldwide public health problem; since world youth violence is a serious health problem and concern many inner-city youths are frequently exposed to violence and more likely to be involved or a witness to violent events. These at risk for perpetration and involvement of youth violence were more likely to be at high risk for most other health-risk behaviors. The label of youth violence encompasses less brutal acts such as bullying, consensual fighting, to more severe sexual and physical assaults, including rape and homicide. These are several factors that made the mission of the ETA toward inner-city youth challenging. The youth reported carrying firearms and how easy it was to access firearms in their community. These youths had all been in some physical altercation and exposed to high levels of violence per court records. Cohort X

Apr 22nd, 10:00 AM

Empowerment Theological Action Model (ETA): A Qualitative Narrative Design Analysis Among Inner City Youth Exposed to Violence

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