Boys and Men in African American Families

  • Linda  M. Burton
  • Dorian Burton
  • Susan M. McHale
  • Valarie King
  • Jennifer Van Hook

Part of the National Symposium on Family Issues book series (NSFI, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Linda M. Burton, Dorian Burton, Bobby Austin
    Pages 1-3
  3. African American Boys and Their Families

  4. Family Influences in Adolescence and Young Adulthood

  5. Role of Families in the Well-Being of African American Men

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. David J. Harding, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, Cheyney C. Dobson, Erin B. Lane, Kendra Opatovsky, Ed-Dee G. Williams et al.
      Pages 105-160
    3. Marcus Anthony Hunter
      Pages 185-191
  6. Family Influences on the Health of African American Men

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 193-193
    2. Cleopatra Howard Caldwell, Julie Ober Allen, Shervin Assari
      Pages 195-214
    3. Derek M. Griffith, Emily K. Cornish, Sydika A. McKissic, Donnatesa A. L. Dean
      Pages 215-226
    4. Wizdom A. Powell, Tamara Taggart, Jennifer Richmond, Leslie B. Adams, Andre Brown
      Pages 227-242
    5. Trabian Shorters, Truman Hudson Jr.
      Pages 243-247
  7. Where Do Family Scholars Go from Here?

  8. David J. Harding, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, Cheyney C. Dobson, Erin B. Lane, Kendra Opatovsky, Ed-Dee G. Williams et al.
    Pages E1-E1
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-272

About this book


This important volume takes a life course approach in sharing empirical insights on the family experiences of African American males in socioeconomic and political contexts. Representing fields ranging from developmental psychology to public health and sociology to education, chapters identify challenges facing black men and boys in the U.S., as well as family and community sources of support and resilience. Survey findings and exemplar case studies illustrate stressors and risk factors uniquely affecting African American communities, and tailored prevention and intervention strategies are described at the personal, family, and societal levels. These interdisciplinary perspectives not only encourage additional research, but inspire the continued development of appropriate interventions, relevant practice, and equitable policy.
Included in the coverage:

• The adjustment and development of African American males: Conceptual frameworks and emerging research opportunities.

• A trauma-informed approach to affirming the humanity of African American boys and supporting healthy transitions to manhood.

• Humanizing developmental science to promote positive development of young men of color.

• Families, prisoner reentry, and reintegration.

• Safe spaces for vulnerability: New perspectives on African Americans who struggle to be good fathers.

• They can’t breathe: Why neighborhoods matter for the health of African American men and boys.

Promoting diversity in the research agenda to reflect a diverse population, Boys and Men in African American Families is an invaluable reference for research professionals particularly interested in sociology, public policy, anthropology, urban and rural studies, and African American studies.  Survey and ethnographic studies of poverty, inequality, family processes, and child, adolescent, and adult health and development are featured.


African American males African American family Racial socialization Racial discrimination Racial/ethnic identity development Family-based intervention Racial bias Cultural socialization Black Men and Boys in the Family Black Men in the Family

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda  M. Burton
    • 1
  • Dorian Burton
    • 2
  • Susan M. McHale
    • 3
  • Valarie King
    • 4
  • Jennifer Van Hook
    • 5
  1. 1.Trinity College of Arts and ScienceDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and JusticeHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Social Science Research InstituteThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  4. 4.Department of SociologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  5. 5.Department of SociologyThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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