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Psychology of Blacks: Centering Our Perspectives in the African Consciousness,9780130959461
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Psychology of Blacks: Centering Our Perspectives in the African Consciousness

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Edition:
4th
ISBN13:

9780130959461

ISBN10:
0130959464
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2011
Publisher(s):
Pearson College Div

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Summary

This book highlights the limitations of traditional psychological theories and approaches when applied to African descent people. It provides information on how the African Centered Perspective is defined, as well as how it operates in the context of the African American family with regard to identity development, education, mental health, research, and managing contemporary issues. It links the context of African American life to the traditions, values and spiritual essence of their African ancestors in an attempt to acknowledge the African worldview and assist the African American community in addressing some of the challenges they will face in the 21st century. Includes a thorough annotated bibliography for further reading.African Centered Psychology in the Modern Era, The African American Family, The Struggle for Identity Congruence, Psychological Issues in Education, Contemporary Approaches to Developmental Psychology, Mental Health Issues, Praxis in African American Psychology: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations, African Centered Psychology and Issues in the 21st Century.Psychologists or counselors working with the African American population.

Table of Contents

Dedication My Healing Space vii(6)
Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
Forward xiii(4)
Anderson J. (A.J.) Franklin, Ph.D.
Preface xvii(4)
Acknowledgments xxi
1 African-Centered Psychology in the Modern Era
1(23)
Definitions
2(3)
Historical Themes in Psychological Research
5(7)
The African Worldview
12(2)
Persistence of the African-Centered Worldview
14(2)
The Development of Black Psychology--The Modern Era
16(6)
Summary
22(2)
2 The African-American Family
24(16)
Historical Views
24(1)
Conceptual Pitfalls
25(5)
The Extended Family Model
30(1)
Alternate Conceptualizations
31(3)
Family Value Systems--An African-Centered Perspective
34(4)
Summary
38(2)
3 The Struggle for Identity Congruence in African-Americans
40(14)
Identity as an African-American
41(1)
Critical Questions of Identity
42(2)
Coping with Oppression (Need for Liberation)
44(1)
Our Condition
44(3)
The Psychology of Nigrescence
47(2)
Contemporary Views
49(3)
Summary
52(2)
4 Psychological Issues in the Education of African-American People
54(26)
Academic Profile
55(3)
Correlates of Achievement
58(9)
Parent Education Attainment
67(2)
Educational Challenges for the New Millennium
69(5)
Promising Practices
74(6)
5 Contemporary Approaches to Developmental Psychology--African-American Perspectives
80(13)
Historical Overview
81(1)
Traditional Theoretical Approaches: A Summary
82(2)
Limitations and Conceptual Pitfalls
84(2)
African-American Perspectives: The Importance of Culture in Understanding African-American Psychological Development
86(5)
Sankofa: Some Preliminary Thoughts for the Next Generation
91(1)
Summary
92(1)
6 Mental Health Issues Impacting African Americans
93(25)
Mental Health or Mental Illness: A Question of Perspective
94(4)
Therapeutic Prognosis: Contradictory Findings
98(4)
Historical Trends
102(2)
Help-Seeking Behaviors in African-Americans
104(2)
Recommendations for Service Delivery
106(5)
The Influence of Identity States on the Therapeutic Relationship
111(2)
Training Service Providers
113(2)
African-American Psychology: Proposed Practice Competencies (Parham, 1999)
115(3)
7. Praxis in African American Psychology: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations
118(13)
The Value of Praxis in African-American Psychology
118(1)
Black Psychology as a Discipline: Paradigmatic Concerns, Theoretical and Methodological Challenges
119(5)
Seizing the Power to Define: Practical Applications and Considerations in Research with African-Americans
124(5)
One-Ire: Fulfilling Our Destiny--A Note to the Next Generation
129(2)
8. African-Centered Psychology in the 21st Century: Issues Confronting the African-American Community
131(29)
Coping with Racism and Oppression
132(6)
Confronting the Social Pathology of the American Workplace
138(10)
"We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting for": Contextualizing Black Women's Psychosocial Experiences and Resistance to Oppression
148(12)
Helen A. Neville, Ph.D
9. African-American Psychology: Thirty Years in the Evolution of an Idea-Conclusion
160(10)
Afterword: Remembering Sadie: A Son To His Mother 170(3)
Thomas A. Parham, Ph.D.
References 173(14)
Index 187


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