Adultification is a form of racial prejudice involving children of a racialized minority being treated as more mature than their biological age and reasonable social standards of development. It “reduces or removes the consideration of childhood as a mediating factor in Black youths’ behavior” (Epstein et al., 2017, p. 2). Adultification leads to a higher prevalence of sexualization, more frequent punishment, and increased alienation of young Black girls within the public school system. This is a systemic issue which requires systematic solutions. The most effective solution would be to diversify the workforce.
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Drown, M. Siobhan
"Adultification: Addressing the injustice faced by young girl of color in the school system,"
SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days: Vol. 2022, Article 37.
Available at: https://scholars.fhsu.edu/sacad/vol2022/iss2022/37