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S23-111 The Role of Adultification Bias on Black Girls' Health and Well-being

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents |  800 Online
Sarah Edwards,DO
Course Levels:
2 Hours



Adultification bias is a concept deeply rooted in the historical legacy of racism, misogynoir, and dehumanization of Black girls and women. The adultification of young Black girls has long-reaching devastating effects and is deeply intertwined with disproportionate engagement with the legal system, mistreatment in educational spheres, and negative health outcomes as compared to their white peers. Perceptions of Black girls and young women as being older than their age, more experienced with adult behavior, or less in need of support create systemic disparities that jeopardize their safety This workshop will focus on understanding the role that adultification bias plays in the lives of Black children, by exploring the historical and cultural archetypes that drive the perpetuation of this bias. Through this lens, we will focus on the impact of adultification bias on the holistic health and well-being of Black girls and women and discuss strategies that social workers can employ to help mitigate adultification bias in Black youth.


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Dr. Sarah Edwards, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She is the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry clinical services.  She oversees and provides direct pediatric mental health treatment in the inpatient, ambulatory and consultation programs at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  She supervises medical residents and students during their clinical rotations and lectures on childhood mental health disorders, psychopharmacology, and infant psychiatry.    Her research interests involve early childhood mental health, collaborative care, telehealth, youth suicide screening and prevention, and pediatric delirium. Dr. Edwards is board certified in adult psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry.  She is a member of the American Psychiatry Association and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, where she serves as past president for the Maryland Regional Council.

Agenda & Learning Objectives


12:00p - 1:00p Lecture
1:00p - 2:00p Lecture



Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define adultification bias. 

  •  Review the role of adultification bias in the marginalization of Black girls in the educational and legal system 

  • Explore how adultification bias is linked to sexual trauma in Black girls and women.   

Bibliography & References


Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 2 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

All those interested in Topic Welcomed

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $50 and includes CE credit. Registering after July 7th will incur an additional $20 late fee. *Cancellations must be received 24 hours in advance prior to the live interactive webinar to receive a refund or a credit letter.

*All cancellations will be subjected to a $35.00 administration fee

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