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SUZANNE M. RANDOLPH & SALLY A. KOBLINSKY

In: Handbook of Racial & Ethnic Minority Psychology

Chapter 16: Infant Mental Health in African American Families: A Sociocultural Perspective

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Infant Mental Health in African American Families: A Sociocultural Perspective
Infant mental health in african american families: A sociocultural perspective

In raising young children, families adopt child-rearing practices rooted in a culture that defines their beliefs and values, organizes their physical and social interactions, shapes their learning and coping styles, and influences their receptivity to developmental interventions. Accepting and respecting cultural diversity means recognizing that there are strengths and resources in families from all cultural backgrounds (Kaufmann & Dodge, 1997). Because culture and family provide a foundation for the development of children's cognitive and social competence, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers must recognize and build on cultural strengths inherent in families and communities.

Currently, there is a need to provide culturally responsive mental health services and programming to ...

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