Nikeea Copeland Linder

Nikeea Copeland Linder
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of African American Studies

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Black, Indigenous, and other Youth of Color (BIPOC youth) experience racism from a young age. These experiences have both immediate and long-term impacts on their health and wellbeing. Systemic racism contributes to the inequitable distribution of health resources and other social determinants of health, creating barriers to accessing care. Substan...
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Early-life adversity (ELA) is a major public health issue in the US, with 45% of children younger than 18 years experiencing some form of adversity.¹ Early-life adversity is associated with an increased risk for adverse physical, behavioral, and neurobiological outcomes, including difficulties with executive functioning.² According to the Dimension...
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Black males experience extraordinary developmental risks as a consequence of the combined effects of male gender, poverty, and race. These risks are reflected in atypical behavioral and emotional development often observed in middle childhood. Not all Black males succumb to these risks. Whether or not they do is a function of exposure to adverse ch...
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This study examined how having a relationship with God served as a protective factor between racial stigma beliefs and psychological well-being. A church sample of African American adolescent girls (N = 117, Mage= 15) completed measures on racial stigma, psychological well-being, and reports on having a relationship with God. After controlling for...
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Carisa Perry-Parrish,1 Nikeea Copeland-Linder,2 Lindsey Webb,2 Ashley Shields,1 Erica MS Sibinga2 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric Medical Psychology Program, 2Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA Abstract: Mind...
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For many Black adolescents, racial discrimination increases the risk of developing adverse psychological outcomes. The purpose of this study is to investigate the interrelationships among religious involvement, racial discrimination, and psychological outcomes among a nationally representative sample of African American adolescents and Caribbean Bl...
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Mindfulness meditation has been described as a useful adjunct to behavioral and medical interventions in the effective management of a range of psychological symptoms, including emotional responses to stress, anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior. Mindfulness approaches can be taught to children, adolescents, and their parents to help reduce...
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Using semistructured interviews, we explored barriers and facilitators to school-based parent involvement (SBPI) in a sample of predominately African American parents (N = 44) whose children attended urban public middle schools. Barriers to SBPI (e.g., perceptions of hostile parent?teacher interactions and aggressive, disrespectful students in the...
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Interventions targeting parents of young children have shown effectiveness, but research is lacking about best practices for engaging parents of early adolescents. Low levels of enrollment and attendance in parenting interventions present major problems for researchers and clinicians. Effective and efficient ways to engage and collaborate with pare...
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To examine the effect of retaliatory attitudes on subsequent violent behavior and fight-related injuries among youth who presented to the emergency department with assault injuries. Assault-injured youth were interviewed at baseline, 6 months, and 18 months to assess fighting behavior, retaliatory attitudes, weapon carrying, and injury history as p...
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Research on life stress can make a valuable contribution to the field of mental health in South Africa. Blacks in South Africa have borne a disproportionate share of hardship due to the history of racially oppressive policies in that country. Apartheid has been brought to an official end. However, the residual effects of apartheid are clearly refle...
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To determine if there is a gap between behavioral symptoms and previously recognized mental health conditions in youth victims of peer assault injuries and to describe gender differences in psychological symptoms. A cross-sectional comparison of rates of previously diagnosed mental health conditions and clinical range behavioral symptoms as measure...
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This article provides a comprehensive review of studies conducted over the past decade on the effects of neighborhood and poverty on adolescent normative and nonnormative development. Our review includes a summary of studies examining the associations between neighborhood poverty and adolescent identity development followed by a review of studies a...
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This study examined cross-sectional and longitudinal patterns of community violence exposure and malleable predictors of these exposure patterns among a community sample of 543 urban African American early adolescents (45.3% female; mean age: 11.76). In each of grades 6, 7, and 8, latent class analyses revealed two patterns of community violence ex...
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This study examined the longitudinal association between contextual stress and health risk behaviors and the role of protective factors in a community epidemiologically-defined sample of urban African American adolescents (N = 500; 46.4% female). Structural equation modeling was used to create a latent variable measuring contextual stress (communit...
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This study examined interrelationships among community violence exposure, protective factors, and mental health in a sample of urban, predominantly African American adolescents (N = 504). Latent Profile Analysis was conducted to identify profiles of adolescents based on a combination of community violence exposure, self-worth, parental monitoring,...
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Parents' involvement in their child's school has been associated with decreased interpersonal violence in schools. School-based parent involvement (SBPI), however, is low among parents with low socioeconomic status. Increased SBPI may help reduce school violence. This research explored barriers and opportunities to SBPI among low-income urban par...
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To examine longitudinal associations between community violence exposure and suicide ideation and attempt, and whether depressive symptoms and aggressive behavior are intervening variables in this association. Participants were 473 urban and predominantly African American adolescents who completed measures of community violence exposure, depressive...
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Parenting has been identified as a fundamental factor in the prevention of youth fighting. Unlike much of the previous research utilizing youth perceptions of parents, this research examined what parents' tell their children about fighting. In-depth interviews were conducted with 44 parents (63% mothers and 37% other relation) of early adolescent A...
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Resilience has been described as positive adaptation despite significant adversity. While the evidence cited as determinant of resilience varies across studies, most researchers consider adolescents and young adults who perform well in school; maintain a job; exhibit hope and optimism; engage in positive, nurturing, long-term relationships; and do...
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The purposes of this study were to (1) assess receptiveness of families to violence prevention interventions initiated after an assault injury and (2) assess the effectiveness of a case management program on increasing service utilization and reducing risk factors for reinjury among assault-injured youth presenting to the emergency department. A ra...
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Objectives: The purposes of this study were to (1) assess receptiveness of families to violence prevention interventions initiated after an assault injury and (2) assess the effectiveness of a case management program on increasing service utilization and reducing risk factors for reinjury among assault-injured youth presenting to the emergency depa...
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(a) To describe attitudes regarding retaliation among adolescents who have been assaulted. (b) To examine assault/event characteristics, personal, parental, and environmental factors associated with the retaliatory attitudes of adolescents who have been assaulted. African American youth aged 10-15 years presenting to two large urban hospitals with...
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Communities that have been exposed to high levels of stress and where religiosity is salient are ideal contexts in which to examine the role of religion in stress processes. The present study examines the protective function of religiosity among Black women in a South African township. The women ( N = 172) were interviewed about sources of stress,...
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This study examines the interrelationships among racial discrimination, racial identity, and psychological functioning in a sample of 314 African American adolescents. Racial discrimination was associated with lower levels of psychological functioning as measured by perceived stress, depressive symptomatology, and psychological well-being. Although...
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Substance abuse among adolescents and adults continues to be a major public health concern. Given the prevalence of substance use, abuse, and dependence in the United States, the treatment needs of the population who abuse substances are great. Adolescents and adults who abuse substances need competent, knowledgeable, and qualified staff to provide...

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The African American Faith Communities Project (AAFCP) is a research study conducted by Dr. Pamela P. Martin, Professor at Prairie View A&M University. Churches and families represent significant institutions within African American communities. Working together, churches and parents have important roles in delivering messages that teach values to adolescents. The messages or values adolescents receive from churches and parents during these years help shape decisions that teens make about work, school, and friendships. The adolescent years can be difficult; they become more independent and participate in activities away from the home. Dr. Martin’s multidisciplinary and ethnically diverse research team investigates the many different ways faith communities support families in the rearing of adolescents. Therefore, participation in AAFCP helps churches, clergy, parents and researchers understand how adolescents incorporate religious messages into their daily lives.
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