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ERIC Number: ED414064
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Middle-Class African-American Perceptions regarding Their Strengths.
Bryant-Williams, Wynona; Fannin, Ronald
Traditionally, little attention had been paid and little research has been done pertaining to the strengths, rather than the deficits, of the African-American family. This study, guided by a holistic perspective that makes families the central unit of analysis and focuses on their strengths, investigated which variables are associated with positive outcomes and strengths in African-American families. The study also attempted to determine which existing models or theories best depict the African-American family from a positive perspective. The research questions were: (1) How do African-American families view themselves in terms of their strengths?; (2) How do African-American families view themselves in terms of weaknesses?; and (3) What factors are perceived by African-American families as being important to help their children succeed? Twenty Arkansas families defined as successful were interviewed. Data indicated that African-American families hold in high regard the same values, morals, and principles as families of other ethnic groups. These families are dedicated to maintaining family stability, have high expectations for their children and themselves, and are involved with community and civic organizations that promote the improvement of African-Americans. All responding families stressed the importance of the role of the extended family in providing a historical context and nourishment to family life. (Contains 17 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A