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Boys into Men: Raising Our African American Teenage Sons Paperback – April 1, 2001
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Today, African American parents struggle to raise teenage boys safely and successfully in an environment beset by racism, gangs, violence, and homicide--the largest cause of death among 13- to 25-year-old African American males. Boyd-Franklin (psychology, Rutgers Univ.; Black Families in Therapy) and Franklin (psychology, CUNY) have produced an excellent scholarly and prescriptive manual that offers strategies to help male African American adolescents develop a healthy and empowering racial identity with strong African American family and spiritual values. Practical and positive solutions are presented to a variety of problems like peer pressure, sex, and drugs. Supplementary resources such as books, web sites, organizations, support groups, and guidelines for seeking professional help are also provided. As African American husband and wife and parents of four children, the authors present a heartfelt, true-to-life account that inspires with its honesty and compassion. Recommended for all libraries.
-Chogollah Maroufi, California State Univ., Los Angeles
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
With the aid of a professional writer, therapists and psychologists Nancy Boyd-Franklin and her husband, A. J. Franklin, provide such useful specific information on raising young black men as how parents can counsel their sons to prevent their being arrested or shot by overzealous police following racial-profiling practices. As they advise, they inevitably present the realities young black men face, from gang violence in the inner city to racial profiling in the suburbs. Of course, they also cover the usual challenges to teens posed by sex, drugs, peer pressure, rap music, and sports. They are very frank in their observations about raising young black men to, say, avoid teen parenthood or realistically consider the prospects of sports careers. Still, they are sensitive to the particular pressures on young black men to balance realistic assessment of racism and personal responsibility. They offer parents encouragement and a wealth of further resources. Vanessa Bush
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Top Customer Reviews
With all of the issues facing our sons--drugs, gangs, police overreaction etc. it felt good to know that I am not the only one extremely concerned about how to grow my boy into a man.
This book deals with all of the issues I could think of related to raising a black son.
I think it can be a praticular interest to single moms who I believe have a special need.
This book also provides a listing of several other books that one can reference which I found invaluable.