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This book provides an in-depth historical exploration of the risk and protective factors that generate disproportionality in the psychological wellness, somatic health, and general safety of Black men in four industrialized Euronormative nations. It provides a detailed analysis of how nationalism, globalism, colonialism, and imperialism have facilitated practices, philosophies, and policies to support the development and maintenance of inter-generational systems of oppression for Black men and boys. The text juxtaposes empirically-supported constructs like historical trauma and epigenetics with current outcomes for Black men in the US, the UK, France and Canada. It details how contemporary institutions, practices, and policies (such as psychological testing, the school to prison pipeline, and over-incarceration) are reiterations of historic ones (such as convict leasing, debt peonage, and the Jim Crow laws). The text uses paleontological, archaeological, and anthropological research to cover over 200,000 years of history. It closes with strength-based paradigms aimed to dismantle oppressive structures, support the post-traumatic growth of Black men and boys, and enhance the systems and practitioners that serve them.


Behavioural Health Mental Health Trauma Studies Intergenerational Trauma Social Justice Advocacy Disparity Black Men Non-immigrant Black Men Diaspora African Diaspora Mental Health Service Delivery Colonialism Imperialism Lifespan Studies Colonial Injury Resiliency Theory Bio-Ecological Model of Development

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  1. 1.Mindful Training SolutionsLos AngelesUSA

About the authors

Donald E. Grant Jr., PsyD, currently serves as the Executive Director of Mindful Training Solutions, LLC and of the Center for Community and Social Impact at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA, USA. Through his career, he has served as a public school science teacher, a clinical psychologist, an academic dean, director of Pepperdine University’s Urban Fellowship program, and a professor across several Southern California colleges and universities. Dr. Grant holds a BS in Biology from Hampton University and a doctorate of Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multi-Cultural Community Psychology.

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