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This study sought to expose the strengths of African-American teenagers in North Philadelphia, using a qualitative research methodology and principles derived from the strengths perspective used in social work. A nationally known strengths test was conducted with the youth, followed by individual interviews and focus groups. Issues discussed include the cultural meaning of "success," the ongoing debate of nurture v. nature, and strengths-based social work and psychology. The effects that the environment, the media, and stereotypes have on the opportunity for success and the way strengths are used are also explored.
Vroman, Stephanie, "Strengths of Urban Youth: An Examination of North Philadelphia Teenagers and their Development and Talents" (2006). Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate. 318.