Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.

Parenting of Young Children in Black Families: A Historical Note

Parenting of young children in black families: A historical note
Marie FergusonPeters

Most Black parents, like most parents in every society, socialize their children to become self-sufficient, competent adults as defined by the society in which they live. For Black families in the United States, socialization occurs within the ambiguities of a cultural heritage that is both Afro-American and Euro-American and a social system that espouses both democratic equality for all citizens and castelike status for its Black citizens. Although social scientists have appreciated the uniqueness of Blacks, research on Black children and their families has generally been simplistic and often been pejorative in its approach (Allen 1978; Mathis 1978).

Today, many social scientists are moving beyond the ...

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