African American Family Life: Ecological and Cultural by Vonnie C. McLoyd, Nancy E. Hill, Kenneth A. Dodge

By Vonnie C. McLoyd, Nancy E. Hill, Kenneth A. Dodge

This quantity brings jointly top specialists from diversified disciplines to supply new views on modern African American households. A wealth of information is gifted at the heterogeneity of Black family members existence this day; the demanding situations and possibilities dealing with mom and dad, youngsters, and groups; and the influence on future health and improvement of key cultural and social approaches. entire and authoritative, the publication severely evaluates present guidelines and repair supply types and gives cogent options for helping households' strengths.

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Undermines societal commitment toward assisting black families in coping with devastating problems, not necessarily of their own creation” (p. 126). As these brief historical notes illustrate, there have long been proponents of the notion that African American families must be understood within the context of extant environmental demands and circumstances. However, not until Bronfenbrenner’s and Ogbu’s luminous, well-developed, and tightly argued analyses did a wide swath of scholars in human development explicitly embrace this general perspective as an analytic tool for understanding aspects of African American family functioning and the socialization and development of African American children.

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With increased immigration, Black Americans draw national and cultural affiliations from many countries around the world, in addition to regional variations in historical and cultural practices and migration patterns within the United States. These variations may indeed reflect ethnic differences within the African American population. With increasing diversity among African Americans, within-group ethnic variation is sorely understudied and, thus, an emerging issue. When research suggests ethnic or racial group differences in family processes, researchers often look to underlying values and beliefs associated with the culture of the ethnic group for explanations.

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