Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy by Waldo E. JohnsonSocial Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy by Waldo E. Johnson

Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy

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African American males have never fared as poorly as they do currently on a number of social indicators. They are less likely to complete high school than their white male and female or African American female peers, they are more likely to exhibit depressive symptoms, and they have fewersanctioned coping strategies. Arguably, no other group in American society has been more maligned, regularly faced with tremendous odds that uniquely threaten their existence. When they do receive education, mental health, and physical health services, it is often in correctional settings. They aremarginalized in public policies on secondary and higher education attainment, marriage and parental expectations, public welfare, health, housing, and community development. Yet they remain overlooked in health and social science research and are stereotyped in the popular media.Taking a step back from the traditionally myopic view of African American males as criminals and hustlers, this groundbreaking book provides a more nuanced and realistic portrait of their experiences in the world. Chapter authors, both established and emerging scholars of social problems relevant toAfrican Americans, offer a comprehensive overview of the social and economic data on black males to date and the significant issues that affect them from adolescence to adulthood. Via in-depth qualitiative interviews as well as comprehensive surveys and data sets, their physical, mental, andspiritual health and emerging family roles are considered within both individual and communal contexts. Chapters cover health issues such as HIV and depression; fatherhood and family roles; suicide; violence; academic achievement; and incarceration.With original research and a special eye toward enhancing social work and social welfare intervention practice with this often overlooked subpopulation of American society, this volume will be of great interest to researchers interested in African American issues, students, practitioners, and policymakers.

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Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., PhD, is Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, Illinois.

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Title:Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social PolicyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199351872

ISBN - 13:9780199351879

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1. Waldo E. Johnson, Jr.: From Shortys to Old Heads: Contemporary Social Trajectories of African American Males Across the Life CoursePart I. African American Males' Individual and Family Roles2. Constance M. Dallas and Karen Kavanaugh: Making Room for Daddy: The Unmarried Adolescent Father's Role in Pregnancy3. Kevin M. Roy, Omari L. Dyson, and Ja-Nee Jackson: Intergenerational Support and Reciprocity Between Low-Income African American Fathers and Their Aging Mothers4. David J. Pate: Life after PRWORA: The Involvement of African American Fathers With Welfare-Reliant Children and the Child Support Enforcement System5. Joseph B. Richardson, Jr.: Men Do Matter: The Socially Supportive Role of the African American "Uncle" in the Lives of Single-Female Headed Households and At-Risk African American Male Youth6. Dexter R. Voisin and Torsten B. Neilands: Academic Achievement, Peer Influences, and Sexual Behaviors Among High School African American Adolescent BoysPart II. Educational Issues Facing African American Males7. Reginald Clark, Alexes Harris, Kimberly A. White-Smith, Walter R. Allen, and Barbara A. Ray: Promising Practices: The Positive Effects of After-School Programs for African American Male Development and Educational Progress8. Eddie Comeaux: Academic Engagement of Black Male Student Athletes: Implications for Practice in Secondary and Postsecondary SchoolingPart III. Mental and Physical Health Statuses and Challenges to African American Male Development and Social Functioning9. Michael A. Lindsey and Fatima Mirza: What are Depressed African American Adolescent Males Saying about Mental Health Services and Providers?10. M. Daniel Bennett, Jr. and Finake Olugbala: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope: Stress, Coping, and Problem Behaviors Among Young African American Males11. Joseph E. Ravenell: Health and Young African American Men: An Inside View12. Sherrill L. Sellers, Vence Bonham, Harold W. Neighbors, and Shuntay McCoy: Health and Health Care Service Use Among Middle-Class Black Men13. Brian Mustanki, Amy Stauffer, and Robert Garofalo: At the Intersection of HIV/AIDS Disparities: Young African American Men who Have Sex With Men14. Sean Joe: Suicide Among African Americans: A Male's BurdenPart IV. Life Chances: Violence and Incarceration Among African American Males15. Lance Williams: Cultural Interventions for Reducing Violence Among Young, African American Males16. Charles E. Lewis, Jr.: Incarceration and Family Formation17. Mark L. Joseph: Understanding the Economic Costs of Incarceration for African American MalesPart V. Conclusion18. Earl S. Johnson, III and Waldo E. Johnson, Jr: The African American Male: The Social Policy Challenge of the 21st Century