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Cross and Fhagen-Smith's Model of Black Identity

Student Development Theory Class

Terri Fahnestock

on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Cross and Fhagen-Smith's Model of Black Identity

Cross & Fhagen-Smith's Model of Black Identity Development The Theory Overview of the Theory Patterns that immerge Introduced by Cross in 1971
Revisited in 1991 then helped
revised by Fhagen-Smith in 2001

Cross professor at University of Denver

Fhagen-Smith current professor in
phychology at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Nigrescence A - individuals that establish
their black identity through interactions
between parents and significant others.
Nigrescence B - Individuals who have not
been socialized towards blackness nor
have formed a healthy black identity
but later experience the conversion in adulthood
Nigrescence C - recycling - process of expansion
or modification of the black identity Like the work of Erikson and Marcia, researchers begin to look at the way a racial identity is molded over the span of an individual's life
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