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ERIC Number: EJ943048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2984
Addressing the Spiritual Needs of African American Students: Implications for School Counselors
Curry, Jennifer R.
Journal of Negro Education, v79 n3 p405-415 Sum 2010
The historical tendency for educational institutions to symptomize behavior of African American children as dysfunctional or representative of mental disorder is well documented. However, recent scholarship illuminates the connection between oppression social injustice, racial trauma, and racial microaggressions as the core of stress, depression, and anxiety in African American youth. Moreover, the ethical imperative of school counselors to holistically address the concerns of clients in counseling--including spirituality--has been firmly established. Inclusion of culturally relevant spirituality in counseling may assist African American students in coping with oppression and racism while deriving personal meaning, a sense of hopefulness, and promoting healing within the context of school systems.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Counselors
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A