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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 CEs

100 Children & Adolescents
Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett
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.



Sarah Ann Anderson-Burnett Related Seminars and Products

Sarah Ann R. Anderson-Burnett, MD, Ph.D (she/her) is the Director of Clinical Services and Quality Improvement at Barnard College and Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for both her MD and Ph.D. Her doctoral studies led to the discovery of brain mapping techniques that demonstrated the significant role stress plays in both depression and heroin addiction. Dr. Anderson-Burnett completed her pediatric residency, chief residency and adolescent medicine fellowship at NYP-Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. The cornerstone of her clinical and investigative training is an unwavering commitment to operationalizing health equity and justice for adolescent youth through strategic partnerships with national organizations and by leading the charge on constructing health equity-centric programming, directives, and policies. To that cause, she has been featured in several publications, podcasts, invited lectureships and conferences to speak on her expertise.  Altogether, she is a passionate believer in the empowerment of adolescent and young adults to become transformational world leaders through supporting and advocating for their holistic health care needs and dignity.

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


Blake Jamilia J et al. Listening to Black Women and Girls : Lived Experiences of Adultification Bias. Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality Initiative on Gender Justice & Opportunity 2019.

Chakara, McKenzie. From Preschool to Prison: The Criminalization of Black Girls. December 2017.

Cooke AN, Halberstadt AG. Adultification, anger bias, and adults' different perceptions of Black and White children. Cogn Emot. 2021 Nov;35(7):1416-1422. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2021.1950127. Epub 2021 Jul 17. PMID: 34278958; PMCID: PMC9248049.

Crenshaw, Kimberle et al. Black Girls Matter: Pushed Out, OverPoliced and Unerprotected. Center for Inersectionality and Social Policy Studies.

Development Services Group, Inc. 2022. "Racial and Ethnic Disparity (R/ED) in Juvenile Justice Processing." Literature review. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Epstein Rebecca et al. Girlhood Interrupted : The Erasure of Black Girls' Childhood. Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality 2017.

Green EL, Walker M, Shapiro E. A Battle for the Souls of Black Girls. New York Times. October 2020.

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Hassan, H. H., & Carter, V. B. (2021). Black and White Female Disproportional Discipline K–12. Education and Urban Society, 53(1), 23–41.

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Koch A, Kozhumam A. Addressing Adultification of Black Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department: A Framework to Decrease Disparities. Health Promot Pract. 2022 Jul;23(4):555-559. doi: 10.1177/15248399211049207. Epub 2021 Oct 23. PMID: 34693783.

Koch A, Kozhumam A. Addressing Adultification of Black Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department: A Framework to Decrease Disparities. Health Promot Pract. 2022 Jul;23(4):555-559. doi: 10.1177/15248399211049207. Epub 2021 Oct 23. PMID: 34693783.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. SAMHSA’s Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 14-4884. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2014.

U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights CIVIL RIGHTS DATA COLLECTION. Data Snapshot: School Discipline

Issue Brief No. 1 (March 2014)


  1. Rights 4 Girls
  2. Darkness To  Light



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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