Black Family: Strengths, Self-Help, and Positive Change / Edition 2

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With numerous selections designed to reinforce the goal of empowering clients to take charge of their lives, this revised and updated second edition of The Black Family serves a two-fold purpose. It extends the small but growing body of strength-oriented literature to include African-American families and it serves as a natural extension of current texts on African-American families to provide social workers and the education community with a broader framework for understanding the needs of Black families. Offering both a research orientation and a practice perspective, this book should appeal to social work educators and practitioners involved in family services, health and mental health settings, and child and public welfare.

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Extends the small but growing body of strength-oriented literature to include African-American families, providing social workers and the education community with a broader framework for understanding the needs of Black families. Research and practice perspectives are presented by educators and practitioners in social work, in chapters on areas such as helping Black families who are providing care for persons with AIDS, youth violence, racial identity issues for Black children in foster care, and working with Black female single-parent families. For social work educators and practitioners. Logan teaches at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813367972
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Sadye L. M. Logan, DSW, ACSW, holds the I. DeQuincey Newman Endowed Professorship in Social Work Education at the University of South Carolina College of Social Work. She teaches practice method courses and courses on family treatment. She also taught at the University of Kansas, where she chaired the foundation practice sequence and co-chaired the Institute for the Study of Black Families. Her research interests include social justice issues impacting families and children, culturally specific services for children and families of color, the psycho-spiritual dimensions of practice and education, addictive behaviors, and racial identity development. Dr. Logan has written extensively in these areas. Dr. Logan earned her MSW degree from Hunter College and her DSW from Columbia University in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Building Strength Through Self-Help and Innovations 5
1 A Strengths Perspective on Black Families: Then and Now 8
2 Building on the Strengths of Black Families: Self-Help and Empowerment 21
3 Caregiving in African American Families: Caring for Children with Sickle Cell Disease 39
4 Helping Black Families Who Are Providing Care to Persons with AIDS 53
5 Homelessness Among African American Families 67
6 Revisiting Youth Violence: Implication for Positive Change 83
Pt. 2 Creating and Promoting Positive Change 109
7 Effective Programs and Services for African American Families and Children: An African-Centered Perspective 112
8 Racial Identity Issues for Black Children in Foster Care 131
9 Resiliency and the African American Family: Model of Family Preservation 144
10 Strengthening Family Ties: Working with Black Female Single-Parent Families 164
11 The Black Church as a Resource for Change 181
Epilogue: Understanding Help-Seeking Behavior and Empowerment Issues for Black Families 193
About the Book 209
About the Editor and Contributors 211
Index 213
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