By Nancy Boyd-Franklin
This vintage textual content is helping pros and scholars comprehend and tackle cultural and racial matters in remedy with African American consumers. top family members therapist Nancy Boyd-Franklin explores the issues and demanding situations dealing with African American groups at various socioeconomic degrees, expands significant healing strategies and versions to be extra proper to the studies of African American households and contributors, and descriptions an empowerment-based, multisystemic method of supporting consumers mobilize cultural and private assets for swap.
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Family members are apt to be more able to cope with changes in circumstances when not restricted to what is usually a sex-stereotyped, narrowly defined role. This should be viewed as a strength. Hill’s (1972, 1993, 1999a) work stressed the importance of not viewing differences between Black and White families as pathological, and the importance of aiding the many different Black family structures to function in as healthy a manner as possible. He warned against “prejudging [a family’s] adequacy on the basis of moral judgments” (Hill, 1972, p.
They had three children, all girls, ages 5, 7, and 10. Two days after they moved in they found a burning cross on their front lawn. They sought the help of a family therapist when their two younger children began to experience a number of phobic symptoms including nightmares and fears of leaving the house. Their 7-year-old child became school-phobic. The first session occurred 3 months after the incident. The whole family ap- Racism, Racial Identity, and Skin Color Issues 31 peared and each was very depressed.
2 Racism, Racial Identity, and Skin Color Issues The legacy of slavery continues to have an impact on African American families today as parents try to help their children cope with racism. When racism is external to the family, it is experienced as discrimination; when racism is internalized, it manifests as a sense of shame about oneself. A philosophy of hope and an ability to believe in a better future for their children is one of the strengths and most powerful survival skills of African Americans.