ERIC Number: ED183631
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Humanistic Psychology and Black Americans. Tenth-Year Anniversary Commemorative Monograph Series, Volume 1, Number 2.
Jenkins, Adelbert H.
The focus of this essay is the Afro American as an actor or agent possessing the capacity to play a part in shaping the contours of his life. The author examines ways in which humanistic and mechanistic psychological perspectives differ on fundamental assumptions about behavior and discusses how the humanistic trend in psychology can be advantageously used in examining the situation of Afro Americans. A review of the psychological literature on Afro American self concept and the family provides further examples of how the humanistic point of view might contribute to an understanding of Afro Americans. The author concludes that a humanistic psychological approach, by recognizing the human potential of blacks for growth, will foster the improvement of social scientists' attitudes toward blacks and will make intervention efforts more empathic, creative, and effective. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. Inst. of Afro-American Affairs.