Exploring Community Stress and Empowerment Among Stakeholders and Youth in an Urban Community
Community-level stress, such as pervasive substance abuse and violence, can yield negative health and mental heath outcomes for youth from disadvantaged communities. Community empowerment is a process whereby community members work together to increase control in their community. This qualitative inquiry analyzed in-depth interviews with adult stakeholders (n = 17) as well as focus group interviews with token youth (n = 85) to explore perceptions of community stress and empowerment in one disadvantaged locale. Each of the 102 total participants helped interrogate the research questions: What does it mean to live in a stressed community? How might youth and adults perceive themselves capable of impacting a stressed community’s quality of life? Emergent themes, which include a nod to the utility of coalition building, are explored. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are also discussed.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Forenza, Bradley; Lardier, David T.; Reid, Robert; Garcia-Reid, Pauline; and Bermea, Autumn, "Exploring Community Stress and Empowerment Among Stakeholders and Youth in an Urban Community" (2019). Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 44.