Episode 224 - Janelle Goodwill: How Media Influences Young Black Men's Conceptualization of Masculinity

Monday, September 25, 2017, 9:18:36 AM

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In this episode, our guest Janelle Goodwill, MSW, describes her work on the YBMen Project, which studies what is unique about how media affects young black men in college. Exploring their preferences and learning how young black men use media for support, our guest discusses how media affects their mental health and their view of Black masculinity.

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Average Rating: 5stars  review of episode 224, Monday, February 15, 2021

By Mekenna :

This podcast was incredibly interesting to me. The general population has little to no information on the social and mental health needs of college-aged black men. It is clear the influence of social media on young black men needs more attention in research today. Therefore, the YBMen Project discussed in this podcast seems like such a great opportunity for these individuals to become involved in a small group and exchange their experiences. One thing that stood out to me while listening to this podcast was the researchers purposely putting no more than 15-20 participants in each Facebook group. I love this methodology because it allows for the participants to be more comfortable sharing their personal experiences on the topic. Additionally, conducting this intervention on a Facebook platform gives the facilitators an opportunity to share helpful resources to the participants. I love that the researchers explain to the participants that while they are there for support, they are not the experts on the topic. I felt that this revealed to the participants that their feedback and exchange of their personal experiences is highly valued. It is extremely important for social workers, and the general population, to recognize that the voices of individuals in the community of young black men are heard and not silenced. Today’s society clearly has a long way to go, but this project seems like a great step in the right direction. I am very interested to see the outcome of this project and its research findings on the influence of social media on young black men.

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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast review, Tuesday, January 28, 2020

By Allyson :

The impact of media on various populations is something that is so intriguing, yet too often black males are an overlooked population. In efforts to no longer neglect this population in research, Janelle Goodwill’s research is powerful in understanding the impact of media on black male youth. The understanding of how and why the project was founded feels like a natural progression of interest that matches my own, which is why I feel I connected so well with this podcast and the topic at hand. Especially in higher education, black males often get forgotten, yet it essential to understand how they view society as well as how to help develop and facilitate health societal connections and interactions for this population. Ultimately, the concept of Facebook groups provided a unique and strong perspective to approaching the situation that took into account some of the most important concepts of social work (sincerity, genuineness, competency, etc.). In my current (and hopefully future) work with college athletes, this type of research is essential to what I do and how I work with my students. Janelle Goodwill’s work challenges systemic oppression and institutional racism and recognizes it impact on black youth, while providing the types of supports this population needs to break down the barrier of mistrust black male youths experience as a part of their foundational experience of society both historically and presently. I really enjoyed hearing about how this research gave black male youth’s the opportunity to interject their voice, while also solidifying understanding of their view of the world based on media influences. I will most definitely be using this information to inform my practice with my black male student athletes.

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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast review, Monday, February 11, 2019

By Kole :

I absolutely loved this podcast. Black Men are such an overlooked population and it was nice to hear just how gracefully they approached this population. They were very humble and understanding of this population and understood why they were not big participants in research. They have been treated so horribly for so long and lack of trust is huge for the Black community, especially Black Men. It is nice to see that Black Men mean enough to have research conducted on them. This is a huge step in the right direction for the Black community in my opinion. The Black community is no longer being forgotten or silenced. This shows that their experiences now matter. I cannot wait to hear more about the project and whether it worked out.

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Average Rating: 5stars  media study, Thursday, January 31, 2019

By Anonymous :

It was interesting to hear Janelle Goodwill speak on her involvement with research at this point in her career. Often times the idea of doing research seems daunting and something to be done later in life so I was intrigued to hear someone with around the same level of education of myself being so involved in the project.

I really enjoyed her explanation of why the project was started and the process by which they carry out collecting the data and using intervention. Young black men are not necessarily thought of needing extra help in terms of developing healthy connections in higher education. The fact that this study was able to gather information regarding media impacts as well as helping facilitate connections within a community is impressive. By keeping their Facebook group small they were able to increase individual participation and help build trust and potential friendships at a college campus. I think that the ability of the study to not only produce no harmful outcomes, but to create benefits for the participants is a testament to the creativity and goes beyond just following ethical guidelines.

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Average Rating: 5stars  being a black male in college , Thursday, February 08, 2018

By Marese Dixon :

This podcast was very interesting to me for several reasons. First, I have had the pleasure of having the interviewer, Dr. Chris St. Vil, as a professor last spring and Black male masculinity is a subject that he has dedicated his professional career in. I felt that if there was anyone to interviewer someone on this topic, he would be the best one to do so. Secondly, this is a topic that relates to me as a black male in college, so I thought it would be a great idea to get a professional prospective deriving from explored intervention, research and data. What was most interesting to me about the interview was when the interviewee, Ms. Janelle Goodwill stated that the sample size of black males when conducting research has mostly been a problem due to the lack of trust among black people in this country towards researchers due to the abuse of the past. Black people in this country has been exploited by the majority in America which has created a barrier of mistrust and a lack of willingness to participate in any sort of research. This is very important for a researcher to understand when they are trying to conduct studies on this population. I believe, stereotypically, some researchers may believe that black people are lazy and do not what to participate in anything that has no quick monetary gain or handout, so therefor, they are quickly written off. The approach that Ms. Goodwill and her colleagues took to conduct their research was culturally sincere and competent. Being a black male myself, I would like to see more research conducted on black males in this country and abroad. Research such as these can open doors of endless information and inform policies that might deliver some answers and solutions to problems that black males face every day. I too, look towards the media for support at times due to the lack of black male roll models in my life. Dr. Chris St. Vil was the first black male professor that I had throughout my entire collegiate career.

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Average Rating: 5stars  podcast review, Wednesday, February 07, 2018

By Bridget :

This podcast provided a lot of insight from Janelle Goodwill on the mental health of young black men. It was eye-opening to hear that many black men may be less likely to participate in general research studies due to hesitance stemming from systemic oppression over so many years. It is very admirable to focus on this population and provide them with the opportunity and the power to give their input in a research setting and it will be interesting to see what they are able to find.

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