Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women

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When Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males appeared in 1998, it was hailed as "a crucial book" (Baltimore Sun) and "undoubtedly one of the most important tools the African American parent can possess" (Kweisi Mfume, President NAACP).
Now, in response to enormous demand, the authors turn their attention to African American young women. Statistics indicate that African American females, as a group, fare poorly in the United States. Many live in single-parent households-either as the single-parent mother or as the daughter. Many face severe economic hurdles. Yet despite these obstacles, some are performing at exceptional levels academically. Based on interviews with many of these successful young women and their families, Overcoming the Odds provides a wealth of information about how and why they have succeeded—what motivates them, how their backgrounds and family relationships have shaped them, even how it feels to be a high academic achiever. They also discuss the challenges of moving into African American womanhood, from maintaining self-esteem to making the right choices about their professional and personal lives. Most important, the book offers specific and inspiring examples of the practices, attitudes, and parenting strategies that have enabled these women to persevere and triumph.
For parents, educators, policy makers, and indeed all those concerned about the education of young African American women, Overcoming the Odds is an invaluable guidebook on creating the conditions that lead to academic-and lifelong-success.

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"A valuable tool for African American parents who want to help their children achieve their highest potential, as well as for counselors, teachers, and educators at all academic levels.... Highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review)

"Overcoming the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Young Women is an important companion to Beating the Odds. It shares useful strategies Black parents have used to pass on a legacy of excellence to their daughters that can be an example for all parents."—Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund

"Overcoming the Odds presents workable strategies for enabling young women to realize their full potential. It bears testament to the wisdom of the Meyerhoff Program in creating an environment of technical and social support in its model approach to engendering success."—Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Library Journal
This volume studies female participants in the Meyerhoff Scholarship program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for insights into the success of this select group of young black women. The Meyerhoff program targets minority students who major in math and science and provides extensive support through tutors, mentors, peers, and summer programs as well as a complete financial package. The four authors, from different departments at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Hrabowski is president) have compiled their data through questionnaires and interviews with students, parents, and others who have played key roles. The results identify common factors in these women's success. The study serves as a valuable tool for African American parents who want to help their children achieve their highest potential, as well as for counselors, teachers, and educators at all academic levels. This book is a sequel to Beating the Odds (Oxford Univ., 1998), which studied the male participants in this same program. Highly recommended. Kay Brodie, Chesapeake Coll., Wye Mills, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195126426
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/7/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 681,889
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.62 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, is President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is coauthor, along with Kenneth I. Maton and Geoffrey L. Greif, of Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males. Kenneth I. Maton is Professor of Psychology at the UMBC and Director of the Community-Social Ph.D. Program in Human Services Psychology. Monica L. Greene is Faculty Research Associate in Psychology at UMBC. Geoffrey L. Greif is Associate Dean and Professor in the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. He is the author of six books, including Out of Touch: When Parents and Children Lose Contact After Divorce (OUP).

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Table of Contents

1 Successful African American Young Women and Their Families 3
2 Mothers of Academically Successful Daughters: The Mothers' Voices 27
3 Fathers of Academically Successful Daughters: The Fathers' Voices 66
4 A Diversity of Family Contexts: The Daughters' Voices 96
5 Parenting and Educating for Success in Math and Science: Early Childhood through College 147
6 Becoming a Black Woman: A Closer Look at Personal, Cultural, and Emotional Challenges 178
7 Raising Successful African American Young Women: What We Have Learned 209
App. A: Overview of Study Procedure 231
App. B: Minority Student Development Programs 234
Notes 239
References 251
Index 267
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