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African American Psychology : From Africa to America

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ISBN13:

9780761924715

ISBN10:
076192471X
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/11/2005
Publisher(s):
Sage Publications, Inc
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Summary

"This is the book that we have been waiting for - [i]t is a must read . . ." - Harvette Grey, Ph.D., Past President, Association of Black Psychologists "There is no book out there right now like this. . . [T]here is nothing as comprehensive. This would be a helpful resource. . . The main strength is the comprehensive scope, which I find very exciting." - Arthur Jones, University of Denver A Kenyan proverb suggests that "Having a good discussion is like having riches." African American Psychology, written by Faye Z. Belgrave & Kevin W. Allison, serves as an integrated resource that is sure to spark many such discussions about contemporary theory and research in this rapidly expanding field. Considering both the traditional American psychology literature as well as the more recent Africentric scholarship, African American Psychology offers comprehensive coverage of the research and theory that have developed over the past two decades. African American Psychology offers a timely broad-based overview of key topics and research specifically relevant to the psychology of African American culture. Key Features: Provides a broad, integrative perspective that combines relevant theory and research from both American and Africentric psychological literature Incorporates historical and conceptual foundations, issues of social psychology, individual and developmental processes, and adjustment and clinical issues Considers attributes of African American culture that impact the psychology of African Americans as well as methodological issues relevant to key topics Includes ancient African proverbs and modern news stories that demonstrate the applicability of African American psychology to everyday life Primarily designed as a course textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology and in Ethnic and Black Studies, African American Psychology is an ideal text for courses such as African American Psychology, Psychology of Ethnic and Racial Minorities, African American Experiences and Behaviors, and Race and Ethnicity. It will also appeal to scholars in the field and to educated readers interested in the psychology of multicultural populations.

Author Biography

Faye Z. Belgrave is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and Founder and Director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction, And A Historical Foundation
Introduction to African American Psychology
Definition and Conceptual Frameworks
Historical Perspective on the Psychological Study of African Americans
Self-determination
Status of African American Psychology Today
Methodological Issues
Summary and Conclusion
Africentric Psychology
Introduction to the Africentric Worldview
What Are the Major Dimensions of the Africentric Worldview?
Can an African worldview exist among contemporary African Americans?
Africentric Research with African Americans
Methodological Issues
Summary
Social Systems And Structures
Kinship and Family
Introduction and Historical Background on African American Families
African American Family Structure and Function
Strengths, Coping, and Parenting Patterns
Impact of Oppression and Discriminatory Policies on African American Families
Methodological Considerations When Conducting Research on African American Families
Summary and Conclusions
Educational Systems
Introduction
A Demographic Portrait of the Educational Status of African Americans
Culture and Education: Historical Perspectives and Theory
Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives
School Structures and Processes: Research Lessons
Applications
Summary and Conclusions
Neighborhoods and Communities
Introduction and Overview
Describing the Black Community in America
Theoretical Perspectives on Community
Lessons from Research on African American Communities
Methodological and Applied Perspectives on African American Community and Neighborhoods
Summary and Conclusions
Individual And Developmental Processes
Interpersonal and Close Relationships
Introduction and Overview of Chapter
Close Relationships
Interpersonal Attraction and Relationships
Interracial Attitudes, Friendships, and Relationships
Gay and Lesbian Relationships
Methodological Issues
Summary and Conclusions
Cognition, Learning, and Language
Introduction
African American Cognition
Learning Styles
Language
Methodological Issues
Implications and Summary
Religion and Spirituality
Introduction
Historical Influences
Contemporary African American Churches
Spirituality, Religion and Well-Being
Implications and Contemporary Issues
Methodological Considerations
Summary
Self Attributes and Identity
Introduction
Self-Concept among African Americans
Identity Development and Change
Models of Racial Identity
Correlates of Self-Concept and Racial Identity
Acculturation and Racial Socialization
Methodological Issues
Summary and Conclusions
Life Span Development
Introduction
Theories
Research and Methods in the Study of African American Development
'Snapshots' on African American Development
Summary and Conclusions
Adjustment And Adaptation
Health, Illness, and Disability
Introduction
Morbidity, Mortality, and Disability Among African Americans
Health Care Utilization Patterns
Models of Health and Illness Behaviors
Selected Health and Illness Conditions among African Americans
Methodological Issues in Studying Health and Illness Among African Americans
Summary
Psychosocial Adaptation and Mental Health
Introduction
Theoretical and Conceptual Models of Mental Health
Methodological Issues
Mental Health Service Use Among African Americans
Professional Implications and Applications
Summary and Conclusions
Drug Use and Abuse
Drug Use Among African Americans
Etiology of Drug Use
Approaches to Prevention
Methodological Issues
Summary and Conclusion
Aggression, Violence, and Crime
Introduction and Definitions
Theories of Aggression and Violence
Crime and Punishment
Exposure to Community Violence
Violence against Women
Preventing Violence
Methodological Issues
Summary and Conclusions
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Excerpts

"Considering both the traditional American psychology literature as well as the more recent Africentric scholarship, African American Psychology offers comprehensive coverage of the research and theory that have developed over the past two decades. African American Psychology offers a timely broad-based overview of key topics and research specifically relevant to the psychology of African American culture." "Primarily designed as a course textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in Psychology and in Ethnic and Black Studies, African American Psychology is an ideal text for courses such as African American Psychology, Psychology of Ethnic and Racial Minorities, African American Experiences and Behaviors, and Race and Ethnicity. It will also appeal to scholars in the field and to educated readers interested in the psychology of multicultural populations."--BOOK JACKET.


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