African American English When Used In Therapy With Children

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An extensive review of the literature on language and therapy with African American children was conducted. The review showed an area of concern related to clinicians' information about how to understand the African American English speaking child. There is limited research available on the African American English language and whether it is a barrier to therapeutic work. However, there is material available on how to "work with" African American children instead of understanding them through their native ...
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Overview

An extensive review of the literature on language and therapy with African American children was conducted. The review showed an area of concern related to clinicians' information about how to understand the African American English speaking child. There is limited research available on the African American English language and whether it is a barrier to therapeutic work. However, there is material available on how to "work with" African American children instead of understanding them through their native language. This study reviewed the accuracy of self-appraisal in clinicians faced with a specific culturally different population, speaking a different dialect. African American English (AAE) is found in various parts of the United States and is often localized to a particular area. Children who speak AAE are often seen as inferior and as having poor language skills (Michaels, 1981). Clinicians were asked to examine a written narrative provided by an 8-year-old African American child. The transcript was given to six clinicians (two licensed clinical psychologists, two clinical social workers, and two postdoctoral clinicians). The majority of the clinicians reported they had previous experience with African American English. Each clinician was asked to analyze the transcript of an African American female child using the Narrative Assessment Checklist (NAC). The clinicians also utilized the Multicultural Counseling Inventory (MCI), to assess their perceived ability to interact with various cultures in the therapeutic setting.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243688170
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/8/2011
  • Pages: 102
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.21 (d)

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