November 14, 2011

Research Participants Needed - African American Girls and Physical Agression Study

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As many of you know, I am a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work Program at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation topic is “African American Girls and Physical Aggression: A resilience study on how adult African American women overcame physically aggressive behavior post adolescence”. My study hopes to identify and interview approximately 12 college educated women who used physical aggression (fighting) to resolve conflict as an adolescent. For this study, I would like to interview African American women ages 22-32.

I choose this topic because African American girls who use physically aggressive behaviors to resolve conflict are perceived to be a menace to society with a bleak future. However, in my experience, the physically aggressive behaviors are a phase, much like other adolescent behaviors in which the African American girl eventually outgrows.  Some girls go on to graduate from college and often become positive contributors to society. My goal is to conduct a study that will demonstrate the resilience of these girls despite the negative messages that many of them receive as an adolescent.     

I am in need of your help. I am soliciting your assistance in identifying participants willing to participate in the study. The study is voluntary and there are no negative consequences for declining participation in the study.  For those who agree to participate they will receive a $25 gift card.

Again, it is important to state that participation is voluntary and participants can withdraw at any point without consequences. To participate in the study, participants must be willing to complete a short informational questionnaire and sit down for an audio taped one on one interview. Both components combined should not exceed 2 hours. 

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email or call me.


Kietra Winn
Cell: (302) 494-9019

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