Identity-linked perceptions of the police among African American juvenile offenders: a developmental perspective.

@article{Lee2011IdentitylinkedPO,
  title={Identity-linked perceptions of the police among African American juvenile offenders: a developmental perspective.},
  author={Joanna S M Lee and Laurence Steinberg and Alex R. Piquero and George P. Knight},
  journal={Journal of youth and adolescence},
  year={2011},
  volume={40 1},
  pages={
          23-37
        }
}
Ethnic identity development can play a role in youths' perceptions and attitudes concerning police, but this process has not been explored in delinquent samples. In this article, we examine how youths' perceptions of police legitimacy and levels of legal cynicism are related to processes of ethnic identity development. Participants were 561 black youth ages 14-18 (12% female) who were adjudicated of a felony or serious misdemeanor. Data were taken from semi-annual interviews conducted over 3… CONTINUE READING
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