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Joyce West Stevens

In: Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts

Chapter 3: Lessons Learned from Poor African American Youth: Resilient Strengths in Coping with Adverse Environments

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Lessons Learned from Poor African American Youth: Resilient Strengths in Coping with Adverse Environments
Lessons learned from poor African American youth: Resilient strengths in coping with adverse environments
Joyce WestStevens

Because of the many social problems in modern American society, scholars have suggested that America is a nation at risk. Although this claim may seem hardly credible for the richest and most powerful nation in the world, empirical data suggest that a significant number of young Americans suffer the consequences of social ills that jeopardize future possibilities for meeting the challenges of a participatory democracy. Poverty, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, child maltreatment, adolescent parenting, substance abuse, school dropout, suicide, imprisonment, delinquency, and violence have all been identified as social problems that threaten the psychological, social, and physical health of ...

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