Abstract

Because we previously identified high rates of past TBI among adolescents arriving in the New York City (NYC) jail system we engaged adolescents in nine TBI focus groups to characterize better the level of understanding regarding the relationship between TBI and violence. During these groups, the following themes emerged: 1) physical and psychological impacts of violence; 2) roots of violence; 3) the use of violence as capital in the face of a marginalized social status; and 4) the inevitability of violence, particularly in a jail setting. Although these focus groups were initiated as a means to engage adolescents around the clinical problem of TBI, their observations are strongly centered in the larger context of violence. These results suggest that intervening in the problem of TBI among our patients will require broad-based changes in the environmental and interpersonal realities, both in the jail setting, and the communities where these adolescents reside.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-6869
Print ISSN
1049-2089
Pages
pp. 345-357
Launched on MUSE
2015-04-21
Open Access
No
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