African American Girls

Reframing Perceptions and Changing Experiences

  • Faye Z. Belgrave

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Part 1

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 3-9
    3. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 11-29
  3. Part 2

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 30-30
    2. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 33-50
    3. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 51-67
    4. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 69-87
    5. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 89-105
  4. Part 3

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 108-108
    2. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 109-122
    3. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 123-140
    4. Faye Z. Belgrave
      Pages 141-155
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 157-178

About this book


The teenage years can be exciting for girls, as they develop into young women and anticipate their future. For some, however, this developmental stage may be tempered by increased risks for teen pregnancy, school failure, and some health problems. African American Girls: Reframing Perceptions and Changing Experiences explores not only the challenges and stressors confronting this unique population, but also the strengths and resiliencies used to meet them.

Examining prevailing trends while avoiding simplistic generalizations, the book is both descriptive (e.g., explaining similarities and differences with girls of other ethnicities and African-American boys in critical areas) and useful (e.g., providing concrete guidelines for professionals working to support prosocial development and prevent risky behaviors). This unique volume:

  • Addresses salient issues of self and identity.
  • Examines crucial domains, such as relationships, achievements and expectations, and issues that have a major impact on health and well-being.
  • Offers practical recommendations and resources for working with African-American girls during the period when life experiences and decisions are most likely to affect adult outcomes.
  • Discusses the lives of girls from diverse families, communities, and circumstances.
  • Explores the influences of family, peers, community, and cultural traditions.
  • Features sample activities for promoting positive development.
  • Includes quotations reflecting the perspectives of the girls in their own words.

African American Girls is an essential resource for a wide range of professionals, including clinical, child, and school psychologists, counselors, therapists, and social workers. Whether one’s specialty is prevention, intervention, education, or research, this book is a must-have volume.


Adolescence African American Adolescent Females African American Adolescent Girls African American Teen Girls Aggression Girls Life Skills Prevention Teenagers development intervention

Authors and affiliations

  • Faye Z. Belgrave
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyVirginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondU.S.A.

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-0089-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-0090-6
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