African American Psychology: From Africa to America / Edition 1

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Overview

This core textbook provides students with comprehensive coverage of African American psychology as a field. Each chapter integrates African and American influences on the psychology of African Americans, thereby illustrating how contemporary values, beliefs, and behaviors are derived from African culture translated by the cultural socialization experiences of African American in this country.

Key Features

• Emphasizes the importance of culture in understanding behavior by providing accessible descriptions of concepts and research specifically relevant to African American culture

• Offers a broad, integrative perspective by including theory and research from both the traditional American psychology literature and the newer Afrocentric literature

• Enhances student learning by incorporating a consistent pedagogical design throughout

New to This Edition

• Contains updated literature and research, chapter-opening news stories, and descriptive and demographic information

• Presents a new Critical Analyses section in each chapter that portrays the authors' critical perspective, including directions for future research and practice

• Includes new chapters titled Race and Racism and Careers, Vocations, and Employment

• Expands the chapter on aggression, violence, and crime to contrast that material with prosocial behavior such as volunteerism and philantropy.

• Provides a new section in each chapter on empirically supportive or promising practices directed at enhancing or improving the outcomes and behavior of African Americans

Intended Audience

This text is appropriate for all undergraduate students enrolled in Multicultural Psychology, Black or African American Psychology, Minority Psychology, Cross-Cultural Psychology, and similar classes.

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Psychology APA Review of Books of Books
"After examining the book, I contacted Sage and thanked them for this impressive text and told several of my colleagues about the book, in particular those who taught similarcourses or had relevant research interests. College and university faculty may want to supplement the book with other readings, but i very highly recommend this book for reference, undergraduate classes, or introductory graduate courses or for other social scientists who want an overview of the research and theory related to the psychology of African Americans. "— Eddie M. Clark
Vernessa Clark
"None of the other books on African American Psychology provides such a thorough review of issues."
Harvette Grey
“This is the book that we have been waiting for - it is a must read . . .”
Arthur Jones
"There is no book out there right now like this. . . [T]here is nothing as comprehensive. This would be a helpful resource. . . The main strength is the comprehensive scope, which I find very exciting. "
Shawn O. Utsey
"Drs. Belgrave and Allison are to be commended for what can be considered the first comprehensive textbook on African American psychology ever . . . "
Craig C. Brookins
"Covers all the relevant material related to psychology and African Americans and orients the reader well to the research in a variety of areas….has potential for strong appeal among scholars and inthe academy. "
Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books - Eddie M. Clark
"After examining the book, I contacted Sage and thanked them for this impressive text and told several of my colleagues about the book, in particular those who taught similarcourses or had relevant research interests. College and university faculty may want to supplement the book with other readings, but i very highly recommend this book for reference, undergraduate classes, or introductory graduate courses or for other social scientists who want an overview of the research and theory related to the psychology of African Americans."
Bruce J. Munson
"This book is very relevant for this course. I appreciate the authors’ commitment to content revision every 3-5 years."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761924715
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Faye Z. Belgrave (Ph.D., University of Maryland) is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and founder and director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention. Her programmatic and research interests are in the areas of HIV and substance abuse prevention. Her research focuses on the role of culture and context in preventive interventions and on issues of gender and women. Dr. Belgrave has published extensively and is an invited speaker on these topics. In collaboration with community partners, she has implemented several prevention programs targeting African American adolescents, women, and young adults. These programs have been beneficial in increasing cultural attributes and in preventing and/or decreasing drug use and associated negative behaviors. Dr. Belgrave serves as an expert advisor on several national committees and agencies including the American Psychological Association, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. She is the recipient of many national awards for her work with African American populations including the Association of Black Psychologists Distinguished Psychologists Award and the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program Dalmas Taylor Award for a distinguished career in psychology.

Kevin W. Allison is Senior Assistant to the President of Virginia Commonwealth University and a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame and his graduate work in clinical-community psychology at De Paul University in Chicago. Prior to joining the VCU faculty, Dr. Allison worked at Pennsylvania State University and served as the Clincal Director of City Lights in Washington, DC. Dr. Allison's work has focused on understanding and addressing processes that support positive developmental outcomes for African American children and youth. This has included the examination of life skills and culturally informed interventions for youth and work with community-based human services providers.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to African American psychology 3
2 Africentric psychology 26
3 Kinship and family 57
4 Educational systems 84
5 Neighborhoods and communities 107
6 Interpersonal and close relationships 129
7 Cognition, learning, and language 160
8 Religion and spirituality 182
9 Self-attributes and racial identity 204
10 Lifespan development 229
11 Health, illness, and disability 253
12 Psychosocial adaptation and mental health 276
13 Drug use and abuse 303
14 Aggression, violence, and crime 327
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