A Study Measuring Levels Of Paranoia During The Black Men And Their Risk Of Being Hospitalized For Mental Illness

A Study Measuring Levels Of Paranoia During The Black Men And Their Risk Of Being Hospitalized For Mental Illness

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Jillian,
I enjoyed reading your post. I agree that the results of this week’s readings are

I appreciate your post;especially your acknowledgement of the validation of Black folklores by medical professionals and experiments, such as Tuskegee. Arthur Whaley (2004) conducted a study measuring levels of paranoia in Black men and their risk of being hospitalized for mental illness compared to White men. What is unique about this study, in regard to this week’s discussion, is that he discusses “healthy cultural paranoia” or “cultural mistrust" (Whaley, 2004). He describes both as Black America’s coping strategy “against threats of racism and discrimination” (Whaley, 2004). An example of this would be folklores, such as the “night riders” or minorities increased participation within their own race. Although folklores were also ratified by medical professionals, this type of paranoia has resulted in professional’s inability to differentiate between cultural and pathological coping response to distribute effective treatment. Whaley (2004) hypothesized this has contributed to the high rate of psychiatric hospitalization of Black men. Although findings did not support his hypothesis, because he found that Black men are less likely to seek psychiatric help, I found the concept “healthy cultural paranoia” to be very interesting — as it is one I had not heard of prior to Whaley’s study. As I probed more on the topic, I found that it also leads to improved psychological adjustment and reduced depression. And most importantly a strategy developed in order to cope with cultural imperialism that occurs in many aspects of life. In your opinion, can paranoia be viewed as a healthy coping strategy as Whaley (2004) has suggested?


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... (Fessenden & Park, 2016). Slutkin’s approach will allow violence interruptors to defuse many of these “localized disputes” before heighten.
However, Slutkin’s approach falls short as it does not address economic issues relating to gangs. Although Hagedorn beliefs dispute are less about profits, we cannot ignore that many individuals join gangs because of profiting potential (NGC, 2015). Slutkin’s approach fails to address economic distribution that occurs in many poor neighborhoods, which is an underlying motive for many people to commit violent acts.


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FESSENDEN, F., & PARK, H. (2016, May). Chicagoâs Murder Problem - The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/05/18/us/chicago-murder-problem.html?_r=0

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