Symposium theme: This symposium seeks to bring together a growing group of rising scholars that give greater consideration to Black/African American boy's unique social contextual circumstances. The work presented will provide a wide array of concepts, methods and frameworks that study Black/African American boys from models that give consideration to autonomy, and factors that are more central to this populations experiences. Utilizing Black/African American boy's voices in qualitative data, and using quantitative data informed by Black/African American boys, which is inclusive of their environment, experiences, and social context allows these scholars to use culturally appropriate, strength-based approaches. These approaches consider resiliency, cultural values, family and social support, community strength, and other youth related factors in their analysis.
Implications for Social Work Research: The work presented in this symposium speaks to the growing trend of considering greater ecological context in scholarly research. Furthermore, it sheds a spotlight on a population that is understudied, much less studied with a strength based approach. The research conducted by the presenting scholars look to continuously move the field forward in studying the experiences and outcomes of Black/African American boys.