By Nancy Boyd-Franklin
This vintage textual content is helping execs and scholars comprehend and tackle cultural and racial matters in remedy with African American consumers. top kin therapist Nancy Boyd-Franklin explores the issues and demanding situations dealing with African American groups at various socioeconomic degrees, expands significant healing options and versions to be extra proper to the stories of African American households and participants, and descriptions an empowerment-based, multisystemic method of supporting consumers mobilize cultural and private assets for switch.
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Extra info for Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience (2th Edition)
For the purpose of this discussion, annual family income is used as the primary criterion for classifying different class strata (Hill, 1999a). The following distinctions, (based on Hill, 1999a), have been adjusted for today’s economy: poor (under $15,000), working class ($15,000–49,999), middle income ($50,000–$99,999), and upper income ($100,000 and over). African American Poor Families Hill (1999a) divides poor African American families into two categories: the nonworking poor and the working poor.
22). Work orientation among African American families is another area of consideration that many have thought to be misrepresented by social scientists. Unemployment statistics and welfare rolls are often cited as examples of the Overview 21 lack of a strong work orientation in Black families. Little consideration has been given to the ways in which the structure of the welfare system and the reality of job discrimination have contributed to this process. In truth, labeling African Americans as “chronically unemployed” is just a way of blaming the victims for the economic and social situation that has created their victimization.
In summary, it is the above body of literature—representing both the deficit and strength positions—that has most strongly influenced the professional and personal perceptions of family therapists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, other physicians, nurses, ministers, pastoral counselors, teachers, and educators. This book focuses on the utilization of the strengths of African American families in the treatment process of family therapy, seeking to move beyond categorization to the situation-specific consideration of the functioning of African American families.