Playing With Anger: Teaching Coping Skills to African American Boys Through Athletics and Culture

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-11-01
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This volume presents unique, "culturally relevant" interventions that can teach coping skills to African American boys with a history of aggression. Stevenson provides the history and current events for readers to understand why these youths perceive violence as the only way to react. Interventions and preventative actions developed in the PLAAY project (Preventing Long-Term Anger and Aggression) are presented. These include teaching coping skills and anger management via athletics such as basketball and martial arts. Frustrations and strengths in those athletics illuminate the players' emotional lives, and serve as a basis for self-understanding and life skill development. This book also examines such issues as: BL How parents can be empowered to help their aggressive children BL What cultural socialization is and why it is necessary to help African American boys BL Why novel, "non-White" approaches are needed to empower positive growth in these children and teenagers BL How boys who are seriously aggressive are misunderstood as criminal, adult, or pathological.

Author Biography

HOWARD C. STEVENSON JR. is Associate Professor with tenure in the School, Community and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. His five-year PLAAY project (Preventing Long-Term Anger and Aggression in Youth) was sponsored by the National Institutes of Mental Health.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
I. ``An Hour of Play'': Theoretical Frames for the PLAAY Project
Introduction---Boys, Not Men: Hypervulnerability in African American Youth
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
Gwendolyn Y. Davis
Teresa Herrero-Taylor
Russell Morris
Remembering Culture: The Roots of Culturally Relevant Anger
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
Garland Best
Elaine F. Cassidy
Delores McCabe
Why Black Males Need Cultural Socialization
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
Gwendolyn Y. Davis
Robert Carter
Sonia Elliott
II. ``If We Must Die'': Examples of PLAAY Project Interventions
``If We Must Die'': CPR for Managing Catch-33, Alienation, and Hypervulnerability
Elaine F. Cassidy
Gwendolyn Y. Davis
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
PLAAY Fighting in Martial Arts
Nimr Hassan
Elaine F. Cassidy
Diane M. Hall
Gale Seiler
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
Emotions in Motion: Teaching Emotional Empowerment through Basketball
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
Gwendolyn Y. Davis
Chad Lassiter
Juana Gatson
COPE: Community Outreach through Parent Empowerment
Saburah Abdul-Kabir
Teresa Herrero-Taylor
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
Pamela C. Zamel
Life After PLAAY: Alumni Group and Rites of Passage Empowerment (ROPE)
Gwendolyn Y. Davis
Pamela C. Zamel
Diane M. Hall
Erick Espin
Vernita R. Williams
Raising Boys to Be Men: Distance Does Not Make the Heart Grow Fonder
Howard C. Stevenson Jr.
Index 189(8)
About the Contributors 197

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