African American Children and Families (Chapter 3 in Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities in Human Services: Multisystematic Approaches).
McRoy, Ruth G. Runnels, Ratonia C.
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This chapter explores the conflicting experiences and disparate outcomes, as well as the challenges and issues confronting African American children, families, men, and women. It provides an overview of the demographic characteristics of African Americans in the United States and data on current disparate outcomes of African American children and families. Programs and practices that seem to be working well to improve outcomes and reduce and/or eliminate these disparities are discussed and suggestions are given for additional strategies to address ongoing inequities. 64 references.
child welfare services; health services; juvenile courts; education; mental health services; cultural competency; racial attitudes; racial discrimination; racial disproportionality; promising practices; African Americans