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Title: Feelings for Five-O: An Analysis of Factors Affecting Baltimore Youth's Perceptions of Police
Authors: Staczek, Maddie
Advisors: Edin, Kathryn
Department: Sociology
Class Year: 2020
Abstract: This research focuses on the factors that influence youth perceptions of police and the implications on legal cynicism in the United States. Through interviews with 151 Baltimore City youth, I analyze the impact of institutional resources, police interactions, and gender on youth opinions towards law enforcement. By giving each interviewee a score that rated their level of participation in resources and level of interactions with police, I was able to uncover themes within different groups of youth supplemented by the qualitative interview data. Through this analysis, I found that kids with participation in more institutional resources and less interactions with officers ultimately had more positive perceptions of police. Further, I found that boys had a more negative perception of police than girls. In researching and analyzing these factors affecting youth perceptions, I hope to highlight the impacts of police on the quality of life for disadvantaged youth and their perceptions.
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en
Appears in Collections:Sociology, 1954-2020

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