Rap Therapy: A Practical Guide for Communicating with Young Adults Through Rap Music

Rap Therapy: A Practical Guide for Communicating with Young Adults Through Rap Music

by Don Elligan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0758203969

ISBN-13: 9780758203960

Pub. Date: 04/28/2004

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

Dr. Don Elligan, a clinical psychologist working in Chicago and Boston, was looking for a way to connect to the angry young black men in his office. Abusing drugs and alcohol and making poor choices about their future, they desperately needed help in changing their lives. But when Dr. Elligan spoke to them in his language, they tuned him out. He had to learn to

Overview

Dr. Don Elligan, a clinical psychologist working in Chicago and Boston, was looking for a way to connect to the angry young black men in his office. Abusing drugs and alcohol and making poor choices about their future, they desperately needed help in changing their lives. But when Dr. Elligan spoke to them in his language, they tuned him out. He had to learn to understand and communicate in theirs -- the language of hip-hop, or rap. To do that, he developed his widely praised program called Rap Therapy. Now, he makes Rap Therapy accessible to all concerned adults -- parents, guardians, teachers or counselors. In a clearly written, straightforward guide, Dr. Elligan explains how to reach out to today's young people by developing an understanding of their culture: why the pants have to be bigger, the lyrics raunchier, and the music raw and throbbing like their troubled world. He shows how rap artists such as Salt-n-Pepa, Outkast, Dr. Dre, and LL Cool J comment on sex, drugs, politics, society, and family, influencing urban kids in a variety of ways, from clothing to language. And he explains why the movement and the music so appeal to teenagers who use the slang and rhyming lyrics to express their emotions, challenges, and dreams, as well as to shock and exclude adults. Along with compelling real-life stories from his practice, Dr. Elligan provides selected pro-social rap songs to use in Rap Therapy, and specific curricula for various issues from anger management in young men to improving self-esteem in young women. A book of hope and real help, Rap Therapy is an essential tool for using the sound that has captured troubled kids' imaginations to make a difference in their lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780758203960
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction1
Part 1.Background
1.Youth7
2.Youth and Music13
3.Parenting Styles19
4.Rap Music25
5.Gangsta Rap29
6.Materialistic Rap35
7.Political/Protest Rap39
8.Positive Rap43
9.Spiritual Rap47
10.Rap Not Otherwise Specified49
11.Hip-Hop Culture51
Part 2.Theory
12.The Forerunners to Rap Therapy59
13.Rap Therapy65
Part 3.Rap Therapy in Action
14.John and Anger Management79
15.Yolanda Rapping Against Depression89
16.The Case of Brad99
17.The Case of Bob107
18.The Case of BarBara115
19.The Case of Amy129
20.The Case of the Lost Sibling139
21.The Safe-Sex Group145
22.A Case of Sudden Loss to HIV and AIDS151
23.The Case of Behavior Management157
Conclusion167
Appendix AExamples of Prosocial Rap Songs That Can Be Utilized as Educational Resources171
Appendix BOnline Resources on Rap Music and Hip-Hop177
Appendix CSample Curriculum of a Rap Therapy Anger Management Group178
Appendix DSample Curriculum of a Rap Therapy Empowerment Group for Women181
Appendix ESample Curriculum of an Adolescent Boys Psychoeducational Group183
Appendix FSome Factors That Might Contribute to Anger185
Appendix GFunctional Analysis of Anger186
Appendix HThe Relationship Between Anger and Health187
Appendix IAnger Management Suggestions188
Appendix JRelaxation Strategies189
Index191

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