This volume examines special issues associated with providing services and guidance to African American men. Although this group of men is like any other in its struggle with its social and economic problems, African American men experience a higher rate of murder, imprisonment, unemployment and racism. The contributors to this book provide a broad, interdisciplinary view of the possible solutions to the different problems facing African American men.
Chapter 1: Therapeutic Support Groups for African American Men
Therapeutic Support Groups for African American Men
Like most men (Levant & Pollack, 1995; Meth & Passick, 1990), most African American men do not talk about personal issues or share vulnerabilities with each other (Ridley, 1984). Black men, however, will talk about how their skin color, physique, and physical and psychological presence determines their acceptance, both within the African American community and in society as a whole. Many African American men believe that succeeding is difficult, in spite of their competency and experience. Therefore, therapeutic support groups for African American men can serve as a special outlet for discussing these common feelings and thoughts about being black and male in today's world.
Black men might be motivated to join a ...