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Vaughans, K.C. Harris, L. (2016). The Police, Black and Hispanic Boys: A Dangerous Inability to Mentalize. J. Infant Child Adolesc. Psychother., 15(3):171-178.

(2016). Journal of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy, 15(3):171-178

The Police, Black and Hispanic Boys: A Dangerous Inability to Mentalize

Kirkland C. Vaughans, Ph.D. and Lisa Harris, Ph.D.

In this article the authors attempt to explore the contemporary socially toxic situation between Black and Hispanic male youth and police officers from both a historical perspective and through the lens of the psychoanalytic concept of mentalization. As a result of the failure to mentalize Black and Hispanic male youth they are not depicted as vulnerable or in need of guidance and support but rather their behavior are quickly criminalized resulting in a punitive social response. The authors conclude that effective change warrants multiple systems to address this situation, including mental health, education, criminal justice system, as well as the creation of employment opportunities.

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