Year: 1989 Source: Journal of Adolescent Research, v.4, no.2, (April 1989), p.140-151 SIEC No: 19911415

The authors tested the hypothesis which asserts that Black women have acquired coping skills that have permitted them to adapt successfully to adverse life events by studying 2,787 adolescents at high risk for early pregnancy, alcohol & substance abuse, depression, delinquency, suicide & homicide. Results did not support the hypothesis. Even though Black females do have low suicide rates, they are not insulated in any special way from the harmful influences of stressful events. (28 refs.)