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African American Psychology

African American Psychology
From Africa to America

Third Edition

The most current and comprehensive African American psychology text in the field

Other Titles in:
Black Studies | Psychology

August 2013 | 664 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This core textbook provides students with comprehensive coverage of African American psychology as a field. Each chapter integrates African and American influences on the psychology of African Americans, thereby illustrating how contemporary values, beliefs, and behaviors are derived from African culture translated by the cultural socialization experiences of African Americans in this country.

Key Features

- Emphasizes the importance of culture in understanding behavior by providing accessible descriptions of concepts and research specifically relevant to African American culture

- Offers a broad, integrative perspective by including theory and research from both the traditional American psychology literature and the newer Afrocentric literature

- Enhances student learning by incorporating a consistent pedagogical design throughout.

About the Authors
Section I. Introduction and Historical Foundation
Chapter 1. Introduction to African American Psychology
Chapter 2. African-Centered Psychology
Chapter 3. Self-Attributes and Identity
Chapter 4. Race and Racism
Section II. Social Systems and Structures
Chapter 5. Kinship and Family
Chapter 6. Education and Work
Chapter 7. Neighborhoods and Communities
Section III. Individual and Developmental Processes
Chapter 8. Interpersonal and Close Relationships
Chapter 9. Cognition, Learning, and Language
Chapter 10. Religion and Spirituality
Chapter 11. Life-Span Development
Section IV. Adjustment and Adaptation
Chapter 12. Health, Illness, and Disability
Chapter 13. Psychosocial Adaptation and Mental Health
Chapter 14. Drug Use and Abuse
Chapter 15. Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior
Concluding Note
Author Index
Subject Index

I adopted this textbook for the first time teaching African American Psychology and it has many topics which are great for discussion and essays. I am looking at adopting a different text the second time around hoping to find something a little more easier to digest for the students and possibly with publisher resources.

Miss Jasmine M Phillips
Social Science Division, El Camino Clg-Compton Ctr
October 6, 2016

This book provides a comprehensive coverage of African American psychology as a field of study. The authors attempt to show how United states values and African cultural influences are integrated. Authors illustrate how African American contemporary values, beliefs, and behaviours are derived from the African culture and translated by the cultural socialization experiences of African Americans in the United States. The book provides examples of evidence-based practice for improving well-being among African American communities, and addresses key methodological and research issues that are relevant to conducting research in this field. Each chapter addresses a contemporary issue of African Americans and provides a critical analysis of literature and research on select topics.

Dr Charles Mugisha
Social Work, Birmingham City University
June 20, 2015

Very thorough and well-written! Excellent Textbook!!

Dr Darla Scott
Psychology Dept, Delaware State University
January 15, 2014

Covers a range of relevant topics and includes up to date info.

Dr Jesse Tauriac
Social Sciences Division, Lasell College
September 15, 2013

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Faye Z. Belgrave

Faye Z. Belgrave is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the Founding Director of the Center for Cultural Experiences in Prevention. Her programmatic and research interests are in the areas of health disparities, including drug and HIV prevention among African Americans and other ethnic minorities. Dr. Belgrave’s research also focuses on the role of culture and context in prevention interventions, on women’s health, and gender related issues. Much of her work has been conducted in collaboration with community-based organizations. Dr. Belgrave is an invited speaker on the topics of African American culture,... More About Author

Kevin Wendell Allison

Kevin W. Allison is Senior Assistant to the President of Virginia Commonwealth University and a Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Notre Dame and his graduate work in clinical-community psychology at DePaul University in Chicago. Prior to joining the VCU faculty, Dr. Allison worked at Pennsylvania State University and served as the Clincal Director of City Lights in Washington, DC. Dr. Allison's work has focused on understanding and addressing processes that support positive developmental outcomes for... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412999540