1st Edition

African American Behavior in the Social Environment New Perspectives

Edited By J. Camille Hall, Stan L. Bowie Copyright 2007
    460 Pages
    by Routledge

    484 Pages
    by Routledge

    An essential text to help to understand human behavior and the processes that guide human adaptation

    Social workers and therapists need to assess the full range of aspects of their client problems such as socioeconomic status, academic achievement, parental incarceration, psychopathology, and other risks. African American Behavior in the Social Environment: New Perspectives explores the latest empirical and theoretical findings of human behavior and resiliency in African American individuals, families, and communities. Leading scholars provide unique insights into African American mental health, gender relations, family interactions and dynamics, inequality, poverty, the balance between work and family, and nontraditional families. This important text discusses in detail the importance of understanding the processes that guide human adaptation and understanding the dynamics of how particular ethnic groups, cultures, and people use resources to adapt to certain circumstances that can be useful in assessment and treatment.

    African American Behavior in the Social Environment: New Perspectives presents the analysis and research of several individuals in order to provide an understanding of how the concept of protective factors, racial identity, and racial socialization has been approached, the direction their insights have taken them, and the results of exploring the dynamics of African American behavior in relationship to environments.

    Research discussed in African American Behavior in the Social Environment: New Perspectives include:

    • socioeconomic status
    • health disparity
    • the impact of having incarcerated parents
    • academic achievement gap
    • kinship ties
    • leadership development
    • race identity and socialization
    • suicide among African American adolescents
    • Black churches impact in HIV/AIDS prevention
    • culturally relevant mental health services
    • gender and sexuality issues
    • policy and practice
    • and much more!

    African American Behavior in the Social Environment: New Perspectives is an invaluable resource for counselors, marriage and family therapists, educators, and students in African American studies.

    • Preface and Acknowledgments
    • Introduction to Research Imperatives Regarding African American Behavior in the Social Environment ( J. Camille Hall and Stan L. Bowie)
    • Socioeconomic Status and Health Disparity in the United States ( Betty M. Kennedy, Sahasporn Paeratakul, Donna H. Ryan, and George A. Bray)
    • Risk and Resilience Among African American Children of Incarcerated Parents (Keva M. Miller)
    • The Impact of the Academic Achievement Gap on the African American Family: A Social Inequality Perspective (Monica T. Leach and Sheara A. Williams)
    • An Exploratory Study of the Role of Kinship Ties in Promoting Resilience Among African American Adult Children of Alcoholics (J. Camille Hall)
    • Understanding Leadership Development in African American Youth (Martell L. Teasley, Edgar Tyson, and Laura House)
    • Race Identity and Race Socialization in African American Families: Implications for Social Workers (Taniesha A. Woods and Beth Kurtz-Costes)
    • Why We Can’t Wait! An Afrocentric Approach in Working with African American Families (Valerie Borum)
    • Racial Socialization and Ethnic Identity: Do They Offer Protection Against Problem Behaviors for African American Youth? (M. Daniel Bennett, Jr.)
    • Who Is Kin? Family Definition and African American Families (Pearl Stewart)
    • The Significance of Social Support on Parenting Among a Group of Single, Low-Income, African American Mothers (David Woody III and Debra J. Woody)
    • Impact of Familial Factors and Psychopathology on Suicidality Among African American Adolescents (Sean Joe, Jenell Clarke, Asha Z. Ivey, David Kerr, and Cheryl A. King)
    • Potential Roles of Black Churches in HIV/AIDS Prevention (CoSandra McNeal and Isaac Perkins)
    • Ethnic Variations in Dementia Caregiving Experiences: Insights from Focus Groups (Barbara G. Vickrey, Tony L. Strickland, L. Jaime Fitten, Gloria Rodriguez Adams, Freddy Ortiz, and Ron D. Hays)
    • Mental Health Recovery: A Strengths-Based Approach to Culturally Relevant Services for African Americans (Lani V. Jones, Eric R. Hardiman, and Jenneth Carpenter)
    • Correlates of Participation in a Family-Based HIV Prevention Program: Exploring African American Women’s Motivations and Understanding of the Program (Rogério Pinto, Mary M. McKay, Marla Wilson, Daisy Philips, Donna Baptiste, Carl C. Bell, Sybil Madison-Boyd, and Roberta L Paikoff)
    • Kin Keeper: A Family-Focused Cancer Prevention Model for African-American Women ( Karen Patricia Williams)
    • Momma’s Girl: The Significance of Maternal Figure Support in the Development of Hope for African-American Girls (Denise Davis-Maye and Tonya E. Perry)
    • The Importance of Fathers: Contextualizing Sexual Risk-Taking in “Low-risk” African American Adolescent Girls (Shani Harris Peterson)
    • “How Do I View My Sister”: Stereotypic Views of African American Women and Their Potential to Impact Intimate Partnerships (Tameka L. Gillum)
    • Toward a Theoretical Understanding of Hypermasculine Coping Among Urban Black Adolescent Males (Gregory Seaton)
    • Federal Welfare and Housing Policy at the Crossroads: Outcomes from a Rent Incentive Based Welfare-to-Work Initiative in a Low-Income, Predominantly African American, Urban Public Housing Community (Stan L. Bowie, Juan J. Barthelemy, and George White, Jr.)
    • Linking Housing, Social Services and Family Well-Being: A Model for Reducing Welfare-Dependency among the Hard-to-Employ (Carol S. Collard)
    • Environmental Correlates of Depressive Symptoms Among African American Adolescents Living in Public Housing (Von E. Nebbitt and Margaret Lombe)
    • Index


    Stan L. Bowie, J. Camille Hall