Session: To be Young & Black: Using Intervention to Examine How Black Parents and Youth Make Meaning of Racialized Experiences (Society for Social Work and Research 22nd Annual Conference - Achieving Equal Opportunity, Equity, and Justice)

60 To be Young & Black: Using Intervention to Examine How Black Parents and Youth Make Meaning of Racialized Experiences

Friday, January 12, 2018: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Monument (ML 4) (Marriott Marquis Washington DC)
Cluster: Race and Ethnicity
Symposium Organizer:
Nkemka Anyiwo, MSW, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Black adolescents are negatively impacted by structural racism (e.g. low-resourced schools and harsher legal sentences) and interpersonal racism (e.g. racial discrimination from peers, teachers, and officers). In order to support their wellbeing amid racial marginalization, the papers included in this symposium use a developmental approach to examine the racial experiences of Black youth from the perspectives of parents, adolescents, and emerging adults. Each paper describes findings from interventions designed for Black youth and their parents. Paper one describes a family-based intervention aimed to foster discussions between Black parents and their early adolescent children. The presentation focuses on identifying parents' concerns about racial barriers for their child and describing the actions parents take to facilitate their children's understanding of race. Paper two describes a school-based intervention that enrolled Black high school students in research projects to examine the representation of Blacks in television. This presentation uncovers how participants conceptualized their racial identity throughout the duration of the program. Paper three describes a Facebook-based intervention aimed to support the needs of young Black men throughout the transition into adulthood. This presentation addresses how first-year Black college men discuss the influence of race across multiple domains, along with considering the long-term implications these racialized experiences have on their health and well-being.These studies work in tandem to provide insight into conceptualizations of racialized experiences across context and developmental periods for Black youth. Further, the studies highlight the utility of interventions to provide spaces for individuals to discuss the racial factors that impact the wellbeing of Black youth while promoting Black youth's ability to thrive in the face of adverse circumstance and race-related stressors
* noted as presenting author
Embracing Our Fears: A Racial Socialization Intervention Addressing Parental Concerns for Black Children
Riana Elyse Anderson, PhD, University of Pennsylvania; Monique McKenny, BA, University of Pennsylvania; Lloyd Talley, MSEd, University of Pennsylvania; Howard Stevenson, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Our Voices: A Media-Based Afterschool Program for Black Youth
Nkemka Anyiwo, MSW, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
What Does Race Mean to Young Black Men? Findings from the Ybmen Project
Janelle Goodwill, MSW, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Julie Ober Allen, MPH, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Daphne Watkins, PhD, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
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