This volume is a comprehensive study of parentification in the family—children who fulfill the role of parents to their own parents or to their siblings, almost always at the expense of their own development. The book is divided into two sections: theory and research and contextual perspectives.
Chapter 9: Parentification in the Context of the African American Family
Parentification in the Context of the African American Family
During the past decade, psychologists with increasing frequency have begun to challenge the Eurocentric base of knowledge and methods used to describe the families of people of African descent. As a result, many researchers, practitioners, and theoreticians have begun to develop culturally specific frames of references, change their research questions, and revise their methods for providing psychological services to people of African descent. Current theoretical models emphasize a sociocultural or contextual understanding of family patterns.
The movement to emphasize sociocultural factors such as ethnic identity, cultural expectations, socioeconomic and political factors, and values has taken many forms. A major impetus of this movement has come from postmodern Afrocentric ...