Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy (Hardback)
  • Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy (Hardback)

Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy (Hardback)

Hardback 360 Pages / Published: 10/06/2010
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African American males have never fared as poorly as they do currently on a number of social indicators. They are less likely to complete high school than their white male and female or African American female peers, they are more likely to exhibit depressive symptoms, and they have fewer sanctioned coping strategies. Arguably, no other group in American society has been more maligned, regularly faced with tremendous odds that uniquely threaten their existence. When they do receive education, mental health, and physical health services, it is often in correctional settings. They are marginalized in public policies on secondary and higher education attainment, marriage and parental expectations, public welfare, health, housing, and community development. Yet they remain overlooked in health and social science research and are stereotyped in the popular media. Taking a step back from the traditionally myopic view of African American males as criminals and hustlers, this groundbreaking book provides a more nuanced and realistic portrait of their experiences in the world. Chapter authors, both established and emerging scholars of social problems relevant to African Americans, offer a comprehensive overview of the social and economic data on black males to date and the significant issues that affect them from adolescence to adulthood. Via in-depth qualitiative interviews as well as comprehensive surveys and data sets, their physical, mental, and spiritual health and emerging family roles are considered within both individual and communal contexts. Chapters cover health issues such as HIV and depression; fatherhood and family roles; suicide; violence; academic achievement; and incarceration. With original research and a special eye toward enhancing social work and social welfare intervention practice with this often overlooked subpopulation of American society, this volume will be of great interest to researchers interested in African American issues, students, practitioners, and policy makers.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195314366
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 644 g
Dimensions: 238 x 162 x 29 mm


"This unique volume, through careful original research, explores how African American males respond to the challenges and barriers they face in their day-to-day struggles to survive. The chapters cover a range of issues in the experiences of these men, including their developmental transitions, their physical and mental health, their family roles, and the impact of incarceration on their own lives and the lives of their families. The chapter authors not only provide compelling evidence on the contemporary status of African American males, they also present thoughtful reflections on the policy implications of their research's findings."

--William Julius Wilson, PhD, Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Harvard University

"A masterful blend of qualitative and quantitative materials, this book represents an important contribution to the growing body of research on black male poverty. Johnson's collection constitutes some of the most provocative new work on the troubling issues facing poor young black men to date...a must read for anyone interested in this area."

--Elijah Anderson, PhD, William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Sociology, Yale University

"Dr. Waldo Johnson, a leader in social work research, has compiled a powerful volume of thoughtful reviews and empirical research on the status of men of color. His book lays out the complex challenges they face while charting a hopeful path towards practice and policy solutions. This work is essential for anyone whose work touches the lives of men of color."

--John A. Rich, MD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Health Management and Policy, Drexel University School of Public Health

"This volume brings together in one place an unprecedented collection of resources for practitioners dealing with the distinctive needs of one of the poorest groups in American society, African American males. Chapters filled with quantitative and qualitative data lay out the issues in cogent and arresting detail. Other chapters then provide a much-needed overview and discussion of existing programs and contemporary policy issues."

--Mercer L. Sullivan, PhD, Associate Professor, Rutgers School of Criminal Justice

"This strengths-based book does not sugarcoat the issues that society faces, yet it offers hope. Answers are in the chapters. Every social worker should own a copy." -- Social Service Review

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