ERIC Number: ED532843
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
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African American Children and Mental Health. Child Psychology and Mental Health
Hill, Nancy E., Ed.; Mann, Tammy L., Ed.; Fitzgerald, Hiram E., Ed.
This groundbreaking two-volume set examines the psychological, social, physical, and environmental factors that undermine or support healthy development in African American children while considering economic, historical, and public policies. African American children are at the highest risk for becoming school dropouts, for academic disengagement and failure, and for under- or unemployment. The fundamental issue facing their mental health is educational readiness and academic adjustment, but they also face a higher incidence of health problems including hypertension, and one in three African American children lives in poverty. How does one go about shifting the psychology of a people whose sense of worth, purpose, and potential have been denigrated and disenfranchised for decades? What specific factors conspire to douse African American children's dreams before they reach adolescence? And what can we learn from African American families determined to help their children beat the odds and succeed? This unique two-volume set examines the forces affecting psychological development and achievement motivation in African American children today. These books address the current political, global, economic, and social contexts as they impact African American families and tackle the tough issues of genes, environment, and race. Experts from leading universities, research institutes, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations discuss factors such as parenting beliefs and practices, peer influences, school and community environments, racial profiling, race and ethnicity, spirituality, and immigrant status.
Descriptors: Expertise, African American Children, Race, Dropouts, Mental Health, Achievement Need, Motivation, Nonprofit Organizations, Child Psychology, Public Agencies, Poverty, Genetics, Educational Environment, Parents, African American Community, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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