African American Boys

Identity, Culture, and Development

  • Faye Z. Belgrave
  • Joshua K. Brevard

Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction and Aspects of the Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 3-12
    3. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 13-29
  3. Proximal Influences on Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 33-48
    3. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 49-65
    4. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 67-84
  4. Contemporary Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 87-102
    3. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 103-118
    4. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 119-133
    5. Faye Z. Belgrave, Joshua K. Brevard
      Pages 135-138
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 139-174

About this book


This book discusses current research on identity formation, family and peer influences, risk and resilience factors, and concepts of masculinity and sexuality in African American boys. Sorting out genuine findings from popular misconceptions and misleading headlines, this concise and wide-ranging reference covers the crucial adolescent years, ages 11-16, acknowledging diversity of background and experience in the group, and differences and similarities with African American girls as well as with other boys. In addition, the authors review strengths-based school and community programs that harness evidence and insights to promote pro-social behavior.

Featured areas of coverage include: 

  • The protective role of ethnic identity and racial socialization.
  • Family management, cohesion, communication, and well-being.
  • Development and importance of peer relationships.
  • Health and well-being.
  • Theoretical perspectives on educational achievement.
  • Factors that contribute to delinquency and victimization.
  • What works: effective programs and practices.

African American Boys is an essential resource for a wide range of clinicians and practitioners – as well as researchers and graduate students – in school and clinical child psychology, prevention and public health, social work, mental health therapy and counseling, family therapy, and criminal justice.


Achievement gap Adolescence African American Black Community assets Criminal justice system Culture Delinquency Development Discrimination Education Employment Ethnic minority Ethnicity Family structures Males Masculinity Peer relationships Religiosity Resilience Risk exposure Schools Self-identity Sexual health Spirituality Sports Substance abuse Teenagers Victimization Violence Well-being

Authors and affiliations

  • Faye Z. Belgrave
    • 1
  • Joshua K. Brevard
    • 2
  1. 1.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA
  2. 2.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-1716-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-1717-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2195-089X
  • Series Online ISSN 2195-0903
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