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"They Got Me Trapped, You Can't Keep a Black Man Down": Examining the Link Between Criminal Justice Contact and Race-Based Traumatic Stress Symptom Among Black Men

Sat, April 10, 2:30 to 4:00pm EDT (2:30 to 4:00pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Stress, Coping, and Resilience Paper and Symposium Sessions


This paper will explore: (a) the influence of criminal justice contact on race-based traumatic stress symptoms, beyond arrest, incarceration, and conviction among Black men; (b) the impact of criminal justice contact on Black men who view the contact as racially motivated, specifically on race-based traumatic stress symptoms; (c) coping strategies for Black men whose mental health has been impacted as a result of criminal justice contact they view as racially motivated; and (d) observing characteristics of the participants that may moderate the relationship between racially motivated law enforcement contact, mental health, and coping skills.