Child Maltreatment and the Acquisition of Identity Capital: A Retrospective Exploration of a Transformative Social Justice Experience

Marinda Kathryn Harrell-Levy, Monea Tamara Abdul-Majeed

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The purpose of this qualitative research study was to explore whether secondary classes foster the acquisition of certain agentic capacities for formerly maltreated adolescents. We utilized the identity capital model (ICM) to explore the identity capital acquired by a socioeconomically diverse group of 40 Black former students in a mandatory, high school transformative social justice (TSJ) class. All participants disclosed some form of child maltreatment. The most prominent IC acquired for all participants included purpose, social perspective taking, moral-ethical reasoning, and resilience. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalChild and Youth Services
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2019

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Child Abuse
Social Justice
maltreatment
social justice
Economics
maltreatment of children
Qualitative Research
resilience
qualitative research
experience
Students
adolescent
school
Group
student

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  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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