“African Americans, especially males, you know, we can grieve” : qualitative examination of emotional expressivity, bereavement behavior, and coping in response to homicide among economically disadvantaged young Black men

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Youselene Beauplan (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Jocelyn Smith Lee

Abstract: The reality of gun violence impacts many economically disadvantaged cities across America and disproportionately impacts young Black men. This thesis uses a qualitative approach to address the experience of grief during homicide loss for young Black men. More specifically, the primary aim of this study was to focus on the emotional expressivity, bereavement behavior, and emotion coping of a cohort of 40 young Black men between the ages of 18-24. Grounded by several theoretical frameworks, the researcher employs Elder’s life course theory, Sharpe’s Model of Coping for African American Survivors of Homicide Victims, and Worden and Winokuer’s Task-Based Approach for Counseling the Bereaved, to explore the coping behaviors of young Black men while navigating traumatic loss. Findings revealed the majority of the participants first experienced homicide loss during adolescence which extended into emerging adulthood for some participants. The participants employed multiple coping mechanisms, such as emotion concealment, that were motivated by contextual factors and masculine duties. Although this study includes a homogenous sample, findings suggest that different modes of expression and coping are employed to meet the needs of the young men. This thesis examined the findings and the implications for next steps to further the field of bereavement and emotions. Future directions and limitations of the study are later discussed.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Black Men, Coping, Emotions, Grief, Homicide, Processing
African American men $x Psychology
Bereavement $x Psychological aspects
Homicide $x Psychological aspects
Adjustment (Psychology)
Grief in men

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