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Breaking The Cycle of Violence Among Youth Living in Metropolitan Atlanta: A Case History of Kids Alive and Loved

Thomas, Stephen B. and Leite, Bernadette and Duncan, Ted (1998) Breaking The Cycle of Violence Among Youth Living in Metropolitan Atlanta: A Case History of Kids Alive and Loved. Health Education & Behavior, 25 (2). pp. 160-174.

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    Abstract

    More teenagers in the United States die from gunshot wounds than from all natural causes of disease combined. Firearm-related mortality accounts for almost half of all deaths among African American teens. Residents of central cities have the highest probability of experiencing violent crimes. This article describes an innovative community-based intervention designed to break the cycle of violence among youth in metropolitan Atlanta. The intervention, Kids Alive and Loved (KAL), emerged from the African American community as one mother's response to the violent death of her 17-year-old son. The authors describe how her response to tragedy gave birth to a culturally appropriate intervention for youth exposed to violence. This article delineates the evolution of KAL, the role of community partners in the design of the intervention, and how diffusion of innovation theory has implications for understanding the KAL approach to breaking the cycle of violence.


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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Firearm-related mortality, African American teens, violent crimes, community-based intervention, cycle of violence,
    Subjects: Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
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    Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2011
    Last Modified: 21 May 2011 17:23
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/660

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