African American Psychology: A Positive Psychology Perspective

Stacie DeFreitas (Author)


This innovative text is the first to examine the contemporary psychological experience of African Americans through the lens of a positive, strengths-based model. It combats the deficit perspective that has permeated the psychological literature about African Americans by focusing on the strengths that have facilitated their growth and resilience--while also considering existing challenges and struggles.

The author examines in depth the major areas of psychological research across family, peer, and romantic relationships, education, work, ethnic-racial socialization and identity, prosocial behavior and civic engagement, and the mental and physical health of African Americans today. With a focus on real life applications, the text includes pedagogical elements introducing topics in Current Events, Interventions in Practice, Individual Issues, African Cultural Values, and Media and Technology. Additional features include learning objectives in each chapter, discussion questions, a closing summary, an extensive trove of additional resources, and PowerPoints and a sample syllabus for instructors. Print version of book includes free, searchable, digital access to the entire contents.

Key Features:

  • Serves as the first text to examine African American psychology from a strengths-based perspective
  • Grounded in a lifespan perspective
  • Focuses on ethnic-racial socialization and ethnic-racial identity
  • Addresses mental and physical health
  • Demonstrates how communities have used strength-based techniques to achieve positive outcomes
  • Integrate values common to Western Africa
  • Includes learning objectives, discussion questions, closing summary, and boldfaced key terms
  • Provides PowerPoints and a sample syllabus

Product Details

Springer Publishing Company
Publish Date
November 08, 2019
7.1 X 9.9 X 0.9 inches | 1.4 pounds

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