Beginnings: The Social and Affective Development of Black Children

Beginnings: The Social and Affective Development of Black Children

Beginnings: The Social and Affective Development of Black Children

Beginnings: The Social and Affective Development of Black Children

Synopsis

Skilled in various psychodynamic and behavioral approaches, from psychoanalysis to hypnotherapy, Peebles-Kleiger consistently advances an integrative approach that cuts across specific modalities and combines sophisticated psychodynamic understanding wit

Excerpt

Much of what has been written about black children and families has been based on the assumption that attitudes and patterns of behavior observed among Euro- Americans are normal whereas those observed among other racial/ethnic populations are deviant. Sociological and psychological research and theory have not adequately appreciated the importance of different environmental circumstances in which family life styles and child-rearing practices have developed. Because racial/ethnic groups inhabit different cultural niches, they face different subsistence demands, provide different role models, and have different conceptions of adult success. These different experiences result in a variety of socialization settings that are associated with numerous socialization goals and outcomes. the notion of a universal pattern of human development does not pass the test of human experience, even within the boundaries of a single diverse nation such as the United States. Unfortunately, modern social science has been slow to take into account this diversity in its conceptualizations of human development and family life styles.

This timely book provides a welcome change from the normative stance of most previous research on minorities. It presents a rigorous examination of black children and youth from a pluralist perspective while maintaining a developmental focus. Black child development is viewed from the perspective of the social ecology of black life experiences. the questions asked and the issues addressed focus on the central theme of adaptive life styles. How do families who face certain kinds of subsistence (survival) demands prepare their children for adult roles? the contributors to this volume address a broad range of issues with considerable insight and make a substantial contribution to our understanding of socialization and child development among black Americans.

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