By Nancy Boyd-Franklin
This vintage textual content is helping pros and scholars comprehend and tackle cultural and racial matters in treatment with African American consumers. best relations therapist Nancy Boyd-Franklin explores the issues and demanding situations dealing with African American groups at assorted socioeconomic degrees, expands significant healing ideas and types to be extra suitable to the reports of African American households and participants, and descriptions an empowerment-based, multisystemic method of aiding consumers mobilize cultural and private assets for swap.
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The median income for Blacks compared to Whites has been lower by approximately the same percentage from 1980 to 2000. It is noteworthy that it has remained consistently lower over the last 20 years. 6% that of Whites. S. Bureau of the Census, 2002; see Chapter 15 for a discussion of middle-class African American families). Hill (1999a) defines middle-class African American families as [those] in which both household heads are in the labor force. They hold middleincome white collar or professional occupations, often in the government sector.
2001). McAdoo (2002) referred to the process of racial socialization as one of the most important parenting tasks of African Americans. There is a growing body of research on this topic (Jones, 2003; McAdoo, 2002; Stevenson, 1993, 1998; Stevenson, Davis, & Abdul-Kabir, 2002; Stevenson & Davis, in press). McAdoo (2002) cites a Hatchett, Cochran, and Jackson (1991) study that found that “61% of Black children received socialization messages of one type or other; only 39% were told nothing about being Black” (p.
Racial identity attitudes toward one’s blackness are negative, and one views White culture and society as the ideal. The next stage is called encounter, and it is entered when one has a personal and challenging experience with Black or White society. The encounter stage is marked by feelings of confusion about the meaning and significance of race and an increasing desire to become more aligned with one’s Black identity. The immersion-emersion stage follows the encounter experience, and it is characterized by a period of idealization of Black culture and intense negative feelings toward Whites and White culture.