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Different & wonderful : raising Black children in a race- conscious society
Hopson, Darlene.
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First Prentice Hall Press edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Prentice Hall Press, [1990]

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xxiii, 242 pages ; 25 cm
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E185.86 .H75 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
E185.86 .H75 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Provides a practical guide designed to help Black parents raise children with self-confidence and strong ethnic identities, addressing issues of racial identity, day care, school, sexuality, and family relationships.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Black parents will welcome this guide to child development, which concentrates on engendering positive self-images for black children of all ages. Beginning with a consideration of the parents' own attitudes and beliefs, the Hopsons examine issues of self-esteem, modeling and reinforcement, and personal family history. They then present a series of developmental situations facing black children from infancy through adolescence. Parents will find the tangible suggestions for reinforcing black identity especially valuable. For example, the authors suggest rewriting fairy tales to allow black children to identify with heroes who are not blond and blue-eyed, and they outline a steady stream of individual scenarios encompassing options for dealing with a wide variety of racially motivated problems as they occur at different ages. Highly recommended. To be indexed. ~--Susan Nelson

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

This exceptional, well-written book is the result of a study conducted by the authors in 1985-86 and presented to the American Psychological Association in 1987. Its purpose is to help black middle-class parents prepare their children to become positive, productive, and self-respecting individuals in American society. To that end, a series of self-evaluation tools interspersed throughout the text enables parents to explore their own attitudes about being black. The technique of positive parenting described is exemplary for all parents. Chapters focus on modeling, strengthening, and open communication of parents on such complex issues as racial identification, teenage sexuality, day care, and family relations during the developmental stages of childhood to adulthood. The stated goals empower black families to cope with still-racist institutions. A significant contribution is the network of resources (books, magazines, games and toys, and cultural centers) that celebrate black culture. The approaches of this work make it imperative reading for concerned parents everywhere. Highly recommended.-- Gayle S. Leach, Wayne State Univ., Detroit (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.