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This book argues convincingly that children's cultural differences need to be recognized for any accurate understanding of their development. Pointing out the need for additional and more effectively designed research, Harris and Graham provide a valuable foundation for further investigations. This nonpolemic book should be in all libraries, filling an unfortunate gap. Highly recommended.--Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

This major new textbook introduces students to issues that have an impact on the lives of African American children but have typically been ignored (or inadequately discussed) in mainstream child development textbooks. The authors hope to familiarize students with a sampling of research that moves beyond a deficit view of the development of the African American child while stimulating critical thinking about future directions for research on African American children and their families.

The book is designed to be student friendly--with each chapter presenting an overview of the material covered as well as an Insider's Voice (which offers a personal story or viewpoint about the issues discussed in the chapter). Each chapter goes on to feature a dialogue of current biological, environmental, constructivist, and cultural-contextual theories) as well as suggestions for additional reading, videos, websites, and questions to guide critical thinking.

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, Psy.D.(Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book describes issues that affect African American children, including historical, cultural, and social factors. The authors discuss both the difficulties faced by children of color and how they overcome them.
Purpose: The authors had four goals: "First, we wanted to introduce students to issues that impact the lives of African American children that typically are not discussed in child development textbooks or are relegated to a paragraph in most developmental textbooks. Second, we wanted to present a balanced discussion of the challenges that impact the lives of African American children as well as emphasize their strengths and their resiliency. Third, we wanted to familiarize students with a sampling of research that moves beyond a deficit view of the development of African American children and takes into account the historical, cultural, and social factors that influence developmental outcomes for African American children. Fourth and perhaps most importantly, we wanted to stimulate critical thinking in social science students about future directions for research on African American children and their families."
Audience: Their audience includes "social science students (developmental psychology, social work, sociology, Black World Studies) and other related disciplines (family sciences, education, and nursing) to African American child development." Dr. Harris, associate professor of psychology at Miami University of Ohio, has researched the environmental contributions to preschool and school age cognitive development for the last 17 years. Dr. Graham, associate professor of psychology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), is interested in the social-cognitive aspects of children's relationships.
Features: The book covers issues such as demographics, health issues, mental health issues and racial identity, and moral development. Each chapter begins with an overview, continues with a personal story or a personal viewpoint about the topic, and concludes with a discussion of current perspectives on African American child development and additional readings. Figures and tables are wonderfully instructive and many chapters include boxes that highlight critical information.
Assessment: This excellent book presents important topics, whetting the appetite to learn more. The authors address issues that readers may not want to hear but need to acknowledge in order to understand and intervene in an intelligent manner. This material will challenge beliefs and, hopefully, motivate readers to do something, both in terms of intervention and future research The book should be required reading for individuals working with African American children and their families (and students who will be).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826127563
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Yvette R. Harris, PhD, received her PhD in psychology from the University of Florida with a specialization in cognitive development. For the past 17 years her research has focused on exploring the environmental contributions to preschool and school age cognitive development, and more recently has taken on applied focus examining the learning/ teaching patterns of African American mothers transitioning from welfare to work. She has presented her work at both national and international conferences, her research has appeared in a variety of educational and developmental journals, and her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Proctor and Gamble, Miami University, and the Harvard/Radcliffe Murray Research Center.

James A. Graham, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Dr. Graham received his B.A. from Miami University; and his MS and PhD from the University of Memphis. He is a developmental psychologist whose work explores the social-cognitive aspects of children's relationships. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the Developmental Concentration in Psychology at TCNJ. He has published articles on the roles of race and sex in children's friendships, children's evaluations of social situations, children's relationship to media, and program evaluation. During the summer, he teaches graduate education and psychology courses in Johannesburg, South Africa through The College of New Jersey's Graduate Global Program.

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface

    List of Figures and Tables

  2. Demographics: A Portrait of African American Children
  3. Overview of the Chapter

    Section One: Population Statistics on African American Children

    Section Two: Living Arrangements of African American Children

    Section Three: Economic Conditions of African American Children and their Families

    Perspectives on Demographics and African American Children

    Suggestions for Additional Readings

  4. Research Issues with African American Children
  5. Overview of the Chapter: The Importance of Studying Developmental Research Methods

    Insider's Voice - The Need for More Research on African American Children

    Section One: Problems: Methodological Constraints in Research Designs

    Insider's Voice: Where Have We Gone Wrong?

    Section Two: Conducting Culturally Relevant Research with African American Children

    The Need for Culturally Sensitive Research with African American Children

    Conceptual Frameworks and Interdisciplinarity

    The Role of Context in African American Child Development

    The Relationship to African American Child Development and Central Characteristics in Developmental Psychology

    Ethical Considerations with African American Child Participants

    Section Three: Theories

    Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory

    Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Systems Theory

    Integrative Conceptual Model of Child Development

    Perspectives on Research and Theories

    Chapter Summary

    Additional Readings

  6. African American Children and Health Issues
  7. Overview of the Chapter

    Section One: Heath Challenges

    Infant Mortality

    Maternal Risk Factors

    Initiatives Designed to Reduce African American Infant Mortality Rates

    Physical Challenges Beyond Infancy

    AIDS

    Treatment of AIDS

    Insider's Voice: Plumbism

    Treatment of Plumbism

    Insider's Voice-- Sickle Cell Anemia

    Treatment of Sickle Cell Anemia

    Asthma

    Treatment of Asthma

    Obesity

    Treatment of Obesity

    Section Two: Access to Health Care

    Perspectives on the Health Status of African American Children

    Chapter Summary

    Key Terms

    Suggestions for Additional Readings

  8. Mental Health and Racial Identity
  9. Overview of the Chapter

    Section One: Mental Health Issues

    Insider's Voice - African American Children and Mental Health Issues

    Risk Factors

    Assessment and Diagnosis

    Treatment of Mental Health Disorders

    Section Two: Racial Identity

    Perspectives on Mental Health and Racial Identity

    Chapter Summary

    Suggestions for Additional Readings

  10. Education

  11. Overview of the Chapter

    Section One: School Desegregation and African American Children

    Insider's Voice - Resegregation of American's Public Schools

    Desegregation and African American Children

    Section Two: Schools That "Work" For African American Children

    Public Schools Models

    Independent Black Schools (IBS)

    Section Three: African American Children and Early Intervention Programs

    Head Start

    High/Scope Perry Preschool Project

    Abecedarian Project

    Perspectives on Education and African American Children

    Chapter Summary

    Suggestions for Additional Readings

  12. Language and Literacy
  13. Overview of the Chapter

    Section One: The Controversy

    Insider's Voice - The Oakland School Board Ebonics Resolution

    Section Two: Language Learning and African American Children

    Section Three: Language and Literacy Issues

    Section Four: Language and Literacy Intervention Programs for African American Children

    Section Five: Language Assessment and African American Children: Distinguishing Dialect from a Speech Language Disorder

    Perspectives on Language Learning and Literacy and African American Children

    Chapter Summary

    Suggestions for Additional Readings

  14. Morality: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  15. Overview of the Chapter

    Insider's Voice: What if Heinz were Black?

    The Issues

    Section One: Theories of Moral Development

    Piaget's Theory

    Kohlberg's Theory: The Ethic of Justice

    Criticisms of Piaget's and Kohlberg's Theories

    Gilligan's Theory: The Ethic of Care

    Gibb's Sociomoral Reasoning Model

    Humphries' Culture and Empathy Model

    Turiel's Domain Theory: Moral Rules and Social Conventions

    Section Two: Prosocial Behavior and African American Children

    Possible Factors Influencing Prosocial Behavior in African American Children

    Morality and Racial Identity Development

    Section Three: Moral Development and Community Violence

    Perspectives on African American Children and Moral Development

    Chapter Summary

    Additional Readings

  16. Social Contexts in the Lives of African American Children: Family, Peers
  17. Overview of the Chapter

    Issues

    Insider's Voice - The Negro American Family

    Section One: Models of the African American Family

    Pathological Model

    Cultural Equivalent Model

    Emergent Model

    Ecology Models of the Family

    Guiding Principles of Family Systems Theory

    External Systems Affecting the Family

    Section Two: African American Family Structure and Child Development

    Nuclear Family

    African American Single-Parent Families

    Augmented Families

    Section Three: The Peer Group

    African American Children's Peer Relationships

    African American Children's Friendships

    Perspectives on African American Children and Social Contexts

    Chapter Summary

    Additional Readings

  18. Epilogue: Where Do We Go From Here?
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