This comprehensive, practical resource provides specific strategies for counsellors working with boys and male adolescents from different cultural backgrounds. The first part examines how psychological, career and athletic development of boys is shaped by a complex interaction of biological, social, cultural and economic forces. TheSecond Part covers cultural considerations when counselling particular North American client groups, such as Hispanic-Americans. The final part focuses on special populations such as gay, sexually abused and developmentally disabled boys.

Chapter 5: Counseling African American Male Youth

Counseling African American Male Youth

Counseling African American male youth
Mark S.Kiselica

African American male youth face a significant number of social and educational hardships. In this chapter, we highlight these difficulties and document that young African American men are an at-risk population who warrant interventions tailored to their particular needs. We discuss several issues related to understanding and establishing rapport with African American male youth, and we describe several model service programs that have been designed to foster the positive development of this group. We conclude this chapter with suggestions for future training and research on psychotherapeutic work with African American male youth.

Hardships and Challenges

Both the popular and social science literatures indicate that over the past decade, Black men in the United States have been an ...

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