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The Life Cycle of African American

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on 1 March 2015

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Transcript of The Life Cycle of African American

37 million African Americans in U.S.
8.7 million African Americans live in poverty
50% live in deep poverty
2.4 times more likely than non Hispanic whites to live in poverty

African American Families
Factors Influencing Diversity Functioning, & Resilience
Characteristics of the Family Life Cycle
Poverty in America
Historic Overtown, Miami
Living in Poverty
The Life Cycle of African American Families
-Reduced resources
-Influence of Technological Advances
-Employment Opportunities
-Unemployment Rates in 2008:
African American Men at 13.4
White Men at 6.5
African American Women at 9
White Women at 5.4
Economic Factors
Condensed Life Cycle

-Accelerated for African Americans
-Role Overload in Life Cycle

Female Headed Households
-Out of Wedlock Births
-Motherhood without Marriage
Chronic Stress & Ultimately Losses
-Factors that Shift Family Functioning
Reliance on Institutional Supports
-Recipients of Public Assistance
-Natural Support Systems
Stages of the Family Life Cycle
Stage 1:
Adolescence & Unattached Young Adulthood
Stage 2:
Coupling & Bearing & Raising Children
Stage 3:
Families in Later Life
Stage 1:
Adolescence & Unattached
Young Adulthood
High Risk Factors
Little Room for Error
Specific concerns for Girls
Specific concerns for Boys
Effects of oppression on their Projected Demeanor
Stage 2:
Coupling & Bearing & Raising Children
Nontraditional Expressions
Therapeutic Tasks
Main Goal
Couple Relationships
Taking on Parental Roles
Realigning Relationships with Extended Family
Therapeutic Tasks
Main Goal
Stage 3:
Families in Later Life
Life Expectancy
Retirement Reality
Sources of Wisdom & Strength
Relationships with the Grandchildren
Therapeutic Tasks
Recognize their Sense of Purpose

Assessment & Treatment Considerations
7 Traditional African Principles
1. Consciousness
2. Connectedness
3. Caring
4. Competence Toward our Purpose
5. Conduct
6. Creativity
7. Courage
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