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The Psychology of Blacks: An African Centered Perspective (3rd Edition)

The Psychology of Blacks: An African Centered Perspective (3rd Edition)
Author: Thomas A. Parham - Joseph L. White - Adisa Ajamu
ISBN 13: 9780130959461
ISBN 10: 130959464
Edition: 3
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication Date: 1999-08-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 194
List Price: $70.00

This book highlights the limitations of traditional psychological theories and approaches when applied to African descent people. It provides information on how the African Centered Perspective is defined, as well as how it operates in the context of the African American family with regard to identity development, education, mental health, research, and managing contemporary issues. It links the context of African American life to the traditions, values and spiritual essence of their African ancestors in an attempt to acknowledge the African worldview and assist the African American community in addressing some of the challenges they will face in the 21st century. Includes a thorough annotated bibliography for further reading.

African Centered Psychology in the Modern Era, The African American Family, The Struggle for Identity Congruence, Psychological Issues in Education, Contemporary Approaches to Developmental Psychology, Mental Health Issues, Praxis in African American Psychology: Theoretical and Methodological Considerations, African Centered Psychology and Issues in the 21st Century.

Psychologists or counselors working with the African American population.


Articulates principles of African-centered psychology including scientific colonialism, the persistence of the African-American worldview, and African-centered values. This third edition promotes a worldview and way of life for African Americans as represented by the African perspective, and contains new material on contemporary approaches to developmental psychology, mental health issues affecting African-Americans, and theoretical and methodological considerations necessary in doing research in African-American psychology. Parham is affiliated with UC-Irvine. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)