From ACES Connection (5/17/19)
Georgetown Law's Center on Poverty and Inequality has released a follow-up study that finds black girls routinely experience adultification bias. The Center’s original 2017 study, Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood, applied statistical analysis to a national study of adults on their attitudes toward black girls. It found that adults believe black girls ages 5-19 need less nurturing, protection, support and comfort than white girls of the same age, and that black girls are more independent, know more about adult topics, and know more about sex than white girls. The new report, Listening to Black Women and Girls: Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias, reveals findings from focus groups that examined whether the original study aligns with the real lives of black girls and women, and what should be done to address adultification bias.