Different and Wonderful: Raising Black Children in a Race-Conscious Society

Darlene Powell-Hopson, Author, Alvin F. Poussaint, Illustrator, Derek Hopson, With Prentice Hall $19.95 (241p) ISBN 978-0-13-211509-4
Fostering positive self-image, self-esteem and ethnic identity in black children through adolescence and young adulthood is the aim of this guide for parents and other educators. Husband and wife, the authors are black clinical psychologists who speak from professional interest as well as personal experience. The self-devaluation they find pervasive throughout the black community is fueled by historic societal injustice and contemporary media models. With research confirming that it is possible to counteract negative racial images, the Hopsons offer anecdotes, case material and practical advice, e.g., how parents may recast traditional fairy tales. Self-scoring assessments and a resources supplement add to the volume's practicality. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
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