Building on Strengths: Intergenerational Practice with African American Families.
Wayne State University.
Published: July 2009
Vol. 54, No. 3 , p. 278-287
PO Box 100516
Atlanta, GA 30384-0516
Intergenerational kinship and multigenerational families (three or more generations) have been a source of strength for African Americans. This article presents a culturally responsive intergenerational practice model for working with African American families that draws on this legacy. The model looks at intergenerational kinship and multigenerational families through an Afrocentric, intergenerational solidarity framework. It provides a means to understand and support the strengths and resource richness of intergenerational relationships; the Afrocentric paradigm's affirmation of family and cultural strengths; and the power of intergenerational kinship, family solidarity, and support across generations. Building on the six solidarity elements of the intergenerational solidarity framework, this model provides an empowerment-oriented approach for social work practice with African American families that takes into consideration cultural values and practices. (Author abstract)
african americans; intergenerational relationships; multigenerational household; cultural competency