African American Families
- Family ethnicity: Strength in diversity
Author: McAdoo, H. P. (Ed)
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
ABSTRACT: This volume provides extensive information about the various cultural elements that different family groups have drawn upon in order to exist in the US today. Diverse groups are presented here in the order of the size of their populations on the North American continent. The family ethnicities of five distinct cultures — Native American, African American, Mexican American and Spanish origin, Muslim American, and Asian American — are covered in detail. Particular emphasis is placed on groups of color, because these individuals have distinct experiences of isolation and discrimination. This book attempts to look within each group and to identify family-related issues having to do with ethnicity.
- Resiliency in African American families
Author: McCubbin, H. I. , Thompson, E. A., Thompson, A. I. , & Futrell, J. A. (Eds.)
Volume: Resiliency in families series: Volume 3
Publisher: Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage
ABSTRACT: Taking an in-depth look at family resources and coping strategies of African-Americans, this book pays particular attention to the roles that culture and ethnicity play in minority families' development. Topics explored include extended family resources, racial socialization strategies, health care, religious supports, marital relations, parent-child relations, and adolescent pregnancy. Social workers, counselors, and scholars in family studies, African-American studies, ethnic studies, gender studies, and sociology will find this approach to African-American families valuable.
- African American & African Community Organizations
Organization: U of M Department of African American and African Studies
Type of Site: education
ABSTRACT: The U of M Department of African American and African Studies' website provides links to community organizations serving the African American and African community.
- National Black Child Development Institute
Type of Site: organization
ABSTRACT: Since 1970 The National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), a nonprofit organization, has provided and supported programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in: Early Health and Education, Health, Elementary and Secondary Education, Child Welfare, and Parenting. Through hands-on service and community-outreach programs, NBCDI initiates positive change for the health, welfare, and educational needs of all African American children. Some examples include: Training professionals and parents to work more effectively with African American children; Tutoring African American youth to achieve academically; Researching issues and producing resources to aid parents and human-service providers; Serving the needs of community leaders dedicated to informing the public about local and national issues affecting African American children.
- Parental religiosity, family processes, and youth competence in rural, two-parent African American families
Author: Brody, G. H., Stoneman, Z., & Flor, D.
Journal: Developmental Psychology Volume: 32 (4)
ABSTRACT: A model that linked parental formal religiosity to children's academic competence and socio-emotional adjustment during early adolescence was tested. The sample included 90 9- to 12-year-old African American youths and their married parents living in the rural South. The theoretical constructs in the model were measured through a multi-method, multi-informant design. Rural African American community members participated in the development of the self-report instruments and observational research methods. Greater parental religiosity led to more cohesive family relationships, lower levels of interparental conflict, and fewer externalizing and internalizing problems in the adolescents. Formal religiosity also indirectly influenced youth self-regulation through its positive relationship with family cohesion and negative relationship with interparental conflict.
- Adolescent-parent conflict in middle-class African American families
Author: Smetana, J., & Gaines, C.
Journal: Child Development Volume: 70
ABSTRACT: Everyday conflicts between adolescents and parents were examined in 95 middle-class African American families, 44 with preadolescents and 51 with early adolescents, who were further divided into two groups based on family income. The incidence, frequency, and intensity of conflicts were assessed using the Issues Checklist, and content, justifications, and resolutions were coded from individual interviews. Conflicts were relatively frequent, low in intensity, and occurred over issues such as the adolescent's room, chores, choice of activities, and homework. Early adolescents rated conflicts as more intense, but mothers' ratings of conflict intensity and families' ratings of conflict frequency differed by family income. African American Ss primarily reasoned about conflicts as issues of personal jurisdiction, whereas their mothers appealed to social conventions. Nearly all conflicts were resolved by adolescents giving in to parents, but adolescent concession declined with age, whereas unresolved conflicts and use of punishment increased. Number and intensity of conflicts and adolescent concession were predicted by both parenting practices and sociodemographic background; conflict frequency and joint resolution were predicted only by parents' educational attainment.