ERIC Number: ED191964
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Strengths Despite Stress: Profile of the Black Woman in America.
McClain, Shirla R.; Spencer, Norma L.
The purpose of this paper is to identify areas of stress which the black woman encounters, specify her strengths despite such stress, and delineate the educational implications for her children. Areas of stress identified and discussed include family life, economic conditions, and racism and sexism. Survival skills in the form of "mother wit," emotional strength, and pride are described as strengths possessed by the black woman despite the stress she encounters in her daily life. Based upon these stresses and strengths, educational implications for black children are described. Creative problem solving, motivation to aspire, and the doctrine of self help are discussed as ideals instilled in black children. It is shown that these positive attributes are often misunderstood, viewed as negative, and result in punitive action within the school setting. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Ethnic and Minority Studies (8th, April 23-26, 1980).