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 4: Counseling African American Men
Counseling African American Men
This chapter offers direction for counseling with African American men. Crucial issues and strategies for counseling African American men are presented. Although much has been written about counseling men in recent years, very little of this literature has focused on specific issues of counseling with African American men. The literature suggests that while there are issues common to counseling all men (Moore & Leafgren, 1990; Scher, Stevens, Good, & Eichenfield, 1987), the unique psychological and social pressures on African American men make mental health intervention with this client group particularly challenging (Gary, 1985; Gary & Berry, 1985; Jones & Gay, 1982, 1983; Lee, 1990; Lee & Bailey, 1997; Washington, 1987). To provide a framework for counseling African American ...