African American Families

Research, Theory, and Practice (First Edition)
Faye Z. Belgrave, Trenette Clark Goings, and Heather A. Jones
©2022, 366 pages

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    African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice illuminates the historical and contemporary experiences of African American families in the United States and demonstrates how they have survived and excelled in a nation not established for them.

    Section I describes the African American family, including unique features, family structure, diversity, where they live, historical and contemporary influences on their lived experiences, and theoretical and methodological approaches to studying African American families. In Section II, readers learn about processes, adjustments, and well-being within African American families. Coverage includes parents’ influences on children’s physical, mental, and academic well-being, as well as religion and spirituality. The final section highlights diversity among African American families with chapters on African American fathers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and families with children in the child welfare system. Each chapter features learning objectives, discussion questions, and a section titled “Did You Know?” which draws attention to unique, forgotten, or thought-provoking facts about African American families.

    African American Families is an ideal textbook for courses in African American studies, cultural and ethnic studies, sociology, psychology, social work, and education, and for practitioners, researchers, and others interested in the African American family.

    Faye Z. Belgrave, Ph.D. is University Professor, Interim Associate Dean for Equity and Community Partnerships, professor of psychology, and the founding director of the Center for Cultural Experience in Prevention at Virginia Commonwealth University.
    Trenette Clark Goings, Ph.D. is the Sandra Reeves Spears and John B. Turner Distinguished Professor in the School of Social Work and the founding director of the INSPIRED Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
    Heather A. Jones, Ph.D. is an associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and the chair of the child/adolescent concentration of the VCU Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.
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    "During a time when American society finally recognizes that 'Black Lives Matter,' African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice, provides insight on the role that Black families play in shaping Black lives. Belgrave, Clark Goings, and Jones offer a cogent historical and empirically driven perspective of African American families, their experiences, and resilience in the face of adversity. Highlighted is the heterogeneity of African American families and the cultural, societal, and contextual factors shaping them. The book uses a strength-based view to emphasize how African American families often 'make a way out of no way' to survive and thrive. With its learning objectives, 'Did you Know?' features, and discussion questions in each chapter, the book is ideal for anyone interested in learning more about African American families and the contributions they make to society in general and Black lives in particular. African American Families: Research, Theory, and Practice concretizes the importance of African Americans, and through a comprehensive review, confirms that 'African American families matter.'"
    Jocelyn Turner-Musa, Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson, Morgan State University, Department of Psychology