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 2: Group Work with Sexually Abused African American Boys
Group Work with Sexually Abused African American Boys
African American boys who have been sexually abused have been understudied, underreported, and underresponded to (Finkelhor, 1986; Pierce & Pierce, 1985; Russell, 1983; Wyatt, 1985). This comes as no surprise to many, as male sexual abuse generally has received scant attention. Fortunately, this is less true today than in the past (Bolton, Morris, & MacEachron, 1989; M. Hunter, 1990; Mendel, 1995; Peters, Wyatt, & Finkelhor, 1986; Urquiza & Capra, 1990; Violato & Genius, 1993). Boys who are victims of sexual abuse have been found to experience a large range of difficulties: guilt, depression, low self-esteem, sleep disturbances, social withdrawal, behavioral problems, and emotional disturbances (Rogers & Terry, 1984; Sebold, 1987). ...