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Applied Ethics in Mental Health CareAn Interdisciplinary Reader$
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Dominic A. Sisti, Arthur L. Caplan, and Hila Rimon-Greenspan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780262019682

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.001.0001

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The Experience of Violent Injury for Young African American Men: The Meaning of Being a “Sucker”

The Experience of Violent Injury for Young African American Men: The Meaning of Being a “Sucker”

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(p.135) 10 The Experience of Violent Injury for Young African American Men: The Meaning of Being a “Sucker”
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Applied Ethics in Mental Health Care
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John A. Rich

David A. Stone

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262019682.003.0010

This paper presents a qualitative study that reveals an important perception among young African American male victims of violence that if they fail to respond violently to injury or the threat of injury, they will be at risk of further victimization. The social environment in which young male victims of violence live and the meaning of being a sucker must be considered in efforts to decrease recurrent interpersonal violence. Providers who care for young men who are victims of or at risk of violence should understand the implications of the social context on individual behaviors.

Keywords:   Interpersonal violence, Sucker, trauma

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