By Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard

This e-book discusses present study on identification formation, kin and peer affects, hazard and resilience elements, and ideas of masculinity and sexuality in African American boys. checking out real findings from renowned misconceptions and deceptive headlines, this concise and wide-ranging reference covers the the most important adolescent years, a long time 11-16, acknowledging range of heritage and event within the team, and changes and similarities with African American women in addition to with different boys. additionally, the authors evaluation strengths-based university and group courses that harness proof and insights to advertise pro-social habit.

Featured parts of insurance comprise:

  • The protecting position of ethnic id and racial socialization.
  • Family administration, harmony, conversation, and well-being.
  • Development and value of peer relationships.
  • Health and well-being.
  • Theoretical views on academic achievement.
  • Factors that give a contribution to delinquency and victimization.
  • What works: powerful courses and practices.

African American Boys is an important source for a variety of clinicians and practitioners– in addition to researchers and graduate scholars – at school and medical baby psychology, prevention and public well-being, social paintings, psychological future health treatment and counseling, kin remedy, and legal justice.

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Racial and Ethnic Identity 19 Plummer (1995), Smith et al. found that racial identity, as measured by own-group preferences, increased with age. Although, in kindergarten, boys had higher levels of own-group preference than girls, girls’ own-group preference increased as they matured. The Protective Role of Ethnic Identity Higher levels of ethnic identity are a protective factor and serve as a buffer under stressful and adverse conditions. Several studies have explored how a strong ethnic identity buffers against racial discrimination (Wakefield & Hudley, 2005; Wong, Eccles, & Sameroff, 2003).

Mandara and Murray found that peer drug use was the main predictor of drug use for girls, while father absence was the main predictor of drug use for boys. This research suggests Family Structure and Well-Being 37 that African American fathers play a different role in the lives of boys than girls, and that boys may benefit more than girls from having a father present. The study did not address whether or not fathers in father-absent households were involved in the lives of their children. As noted previously, fathers are the primary agent from whom sons receive messages about gender roles and behaviors.

Strong ethnic and racial identity especially buffers against stress and other unfavorable outcomes in situations with actual or perceived discrimination. Recommendations for how ethnic/racial identity can be strengthened are provided in Chap. 8. Gender Roles Gender roles are an individual’s beliefs and expectations for how males and females should think and act in any given society (Bem, 1993). Gender role beliefs are acquired through socialization. Boys learn from several agents of socialization, including parents, kin, the media, and the larger society, about the appropriate roles and behaviors for males.

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