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Handbook of African American Psychology

Handbook of African American Psychology

Edited by:
  • Helen A. Neville - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, USA
  • Brendesha M. Tynes - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Shawn O. Utsey - Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

November 2008 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Handbook of African American Psychology provides a comprehensive guide to current developments in African American psychology. It presents theoretical, empirical, and practical issues that are foundational to African American psychology. It synthesizes the debates in the field and research designed to understand the psychological, cognitive, and behavioral development of African Americans.

The breadth and depth of the coverage in this handbook offers both foundational material and current developments. Although similar topics will be covered in this text that are included in other works, this will be the only work in which experts in the field write on contemporary debates related to these topics. Moreover, the proposed text incorporates other issues that are typically not covered in related books. The contributing authors also identify gaps in the literature and point to future directions in research, training, and practice.

Key Features:

  • Contains the writings of renowned editors and contributors: The most well-respected and accomplished editors and authors in the area of African American psychology, and psychology in general, have come together to lend their expert analysis of issues and research in this field.
  • Designed for course use: With a consistent format from chapter to chapter and sections on historical development, cutting-edge theories, assessment, intervention, methodology, and development issues, instructors will find this handbook appropriate for use with upper-level undergraduate and graduate-level classes
  • Offers unique coverage: The authors discuss issues not typically found in other books on African American psychology, such as ethics, certification, the gifted and talented, Hip-Hop and youth culture, common misconceptions about African Americans, and within-group differences related to gender, class, age, and sexual orientation.

William E. Cross, Jr.
Helen A. Neville, Brendesha M. Tynes, Shawn O. Utsey
Thomas A. Parham
Chapter 1. Foundations for an African American Psychology: Extending Roots to an Ancient Kemetic Past
M. Nicole Coleman and Adanna J. Johnson
Chapter 2. Sankofa: History of and Aspirations for Black Psychology Through the Eyes of Our Elders
Linda James Myers
Chapter 3. Theoretical and Conceptual Approaches to African and African American Psychology
Ezemenari M. Obasi and Anthony J. Smith
Chapter 4. African Psychology or Sahku Sheti: An Application of the Art of Spiritual Liberation and Illumination of African People
Kobi Kambon and Terra Bowen-Reid
Chapter 5. Africentric Theories of African American Personality: Basic Constructs and Assessment
Shawn O. Utsey, Benita Belvet, and Nicole Fischer
Chapter 6. Assessing African-Centered (Africentric) Psychological Constructs: A Review of Existing Instrumentation
Jacqueline S. Mattis and Carolyn R. Watson
Chapter 7. Religion and Spirituality
Harriett Pipes McAdoo and Sinead N. Younge
Chapter 8. Black Families
Anita Jones Thomas, Rabiatu Barrie, and Brendesha M. Tynes
Chapter 9. Intimate Relationships of African Americans
Yasser Arafat Payne and LaMar Rashad Gibson
Chapter 10. Hip-Hop Music and Culture: A Site of Resiliency for the Streets of Young Black America
Brendesha M. Tynes and L. Monique Ward
Chapter 11. The Role of Media Use and Portrayals in African Americans' Psychosocial Development
Helen A. Neville and Alex L. Pieterse
Chapter 12. Racism, White Supremacy, and Resistance: Contextualizing Black American Experiences
Iheoma U. Iruka and Oscar Barbarin
Chapter 13. African American Children?s Early Learning and Development: Examining Parenting, Schools, and Neighborhood
Cynthia Hudley
Chapter 14. Academic Motivation and Achievement of African American Youth
Anne Harper Charity Hudley
Chapter 15. African American English
Claytie Davis III and Crystal Simmons
Chapter 16. Stereotype Threat: A Review, Critique, and Implications
Donna Y. Ford and Gilman W. Whiting
Chapter 17. Racial Identity and Peer Pressures Among Gifted African American Students: Issues and Recommendations
A.Wade Boykin and Constance M. Ellison
Chapter 18. The Talent Quest Model and the Educating of African American Children
Keisha L. Bentley, Valerie N. Adams, and Howard C. Stevenson
Chapter 19. Racial Socialization: Roots, Processes, and Outcomes
Dena Phillips Swanson, Michael Cunningham, Joseph Youngblood II, and Margaret Beale Spencer
Chapter 20. Racial Identity Development During Childhood
Kevin Cokley and Collette Chapman
Chapter 21. Racial Identity Theory: Adults
Francis Terrell, Jerome Taylor, Jeffery Menzise, and Ronald K. Barrett
Chapter 22. Cultural Mistrust: A Core Component of African American Consciousness
Beverly Greene
Chapter 23. African American Lesbians and Gay Men: Life Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Tara R. Earl and David R. Williams
Chapter 24. Black Americans and Mental Health Status: Complexities and New Developments
Frank C. Worrell
Chapter 25. Psychological Health in School-Age Populations
Suzette L. Speight, Sha?Kema M. Blackmon, Desmond Odugu, and J. Corey Steele
Chapter 26. Conceptualizing Mental Health for African Americans
A. Toy Caldwell-Colbert, Fayth M. Parks, and Sussie Eshun
Chapter 27. Positive Psychology: African American Strengths, Resilience, and Protective Factors
Michael Canute Lambert and William K. Smith
Chapter 28. Behavioral and Emotional Strengths in People of African Heritage: Theory, Research, Methodology, and Intervention
Rheeda L. Walker and Lora Rose Hunter
Chapter 29. From Anxiety and Depression to Suicide and Self-Harm
Shawn M. Bediako
Chapter 30. Psychosocial Aspects of Sickle Cell Disease: A Primer for African American Psychologists
Madonna G. Constantine, Rebecca M. Redington, and Sheila V. Graham
Chapter 31. Counseling and Psychotherapy With African Americans
Kumea Shorter-Gooden
Chapter 32. Therapy With African American Men and Women
Deidre M. Anglin and Naa Oyo A. Kwate
Chapter 33. Social and Cultural Factors in the Cognitive and Clinical Assessment of African American Adults
Faye Z. Belgrave, Trenette Clark, and Aashir Nasim
Chapter 34. Drug Use Among African American Youth: Implications for Prevention
Chalmer E. Thompson and Dorienna M. Alfred
Chapter 35. Black Liberation Psychology and Practice
Helen A. Neville, Brendesha M. Tynes, and Shawn O. Utsey
Chapter 36. African American Psychology: Trends and Future Directions
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors

"The book provides an excellent overview and introduction to significant contemporary research on the psychological issues encountered by the African American community. The important questions raised and the quality of the more traditional psychological research serve as a much-needed antidote to the assumptions of psychology's dominant paradigm."

K.M. McKinley
Cabrini College
CHOICE magazine

I think the book is thorough and addresses some of the more critical issues and theories in African American psychology.

Mr Reginald Hopkins
Psychology Dept, Virginia State University
March 18, 2011

Encouraged by depth of coverage and diversity in topics; The 1st 3 chapters are a little too abstract and difficult for undergraduates to understand, but the rest of the chapters flow much better.

Dr Leslie Bessellieu
Psychology Dept, University of South Carolina
February 5, 2010

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