Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Lizano, Erica


The purpose of this study is to investigate the issues associated with violent crime in African American communities. The study discusses the theory of racism as a key factor in the societal conditions African Americans live in the United States. The researcher explains the methodology used. The study is a qualitative study, based on interviews of eight participants answers to twenty questions. The study discusses the research sites, who participated in the research study, and how the participants were selected. The study outlines the sampling method and why this method was chosen. The descriptive statistics of participants in the study sample are reported in Table 1. Themes were identified and reported (e.g. racism and drugs/gangs). Implications for micro and macro social work practice were identified, including the need for social workers to think about the impact the environmental conditions, foreign to the experience of social workers, that may influence client behaviors.

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