Smart and Sassy: The Strengths of Inner-City Black Girls

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byJoyce West Stevens

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Based on research findings, Smart and Sassy: The Strengths of Inner City Black Girls utilizes a foundation of theology, philosophy, sociology, human development, and contextual psychodynamic theory to understand how Black girls create meaningful identities. These substantive knowledge areasare interwoven with strength and health perspectives to theorize and interpret adolescent lives. Presented in their own language, the Black girls' factual self-narratives, group interactions, dialogs, and case illustrations reveal visceral and poignant stories that clearly indicate they arecourageous, intelligent, and spirited. Smart and Sassy offers a developmental- and contextual-based model of intervention that can be used as a supportive counseling guide for adolescent maturation. Stevens asserts that an examination of such girls and their families provides information about competence and social assets that promotehealthy development and positive social adjustment. Although it offers a particular ethnic focus, this text provides authoritative insight into the developmental issues confronting all adolescents. Its framework promotes critical thinking skills in both undergraduate and graduate students, and eachcase illustration features study questions and issues for discussion.

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Based on research findings, Smart and Sassy: The Strengths of Inner City Black Girls utilizes a foundation of theology, philosophy, sociology, human development, and contextual psychodynamic theory to understand how Black girls create meaningful identities. These substantive knowledge areasare interwoven with strength and health perspe...

Joyce West Stevens is at Boston University School of Social Work.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.09 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195121651

ISBN - 13:9780195121650

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Prologue: A Book About the Strengths of Inner-City Black GirlsPart 1: Theory Overview1. Risk and Resiliency in Social Contexts2. Adolescent Developmental Theories3. Person-Process-Context: An Ecological Transactional ModelPart 2: Developmental Domains4. Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Role Commitment5. Care Protective Sensibility and Role Model Formulation6. Decision Making, Dating, and Mate Selection7. Opportunity Mobility and Adulthood PreparationPart 3: Clinical Implications8. A Social Work Practice Model: Core Principles of InterventionEpilogue