Counseling African Americans

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Counseling African  Americans
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Statistics v In 2005 African Americans population numbered 12.2%  of the  U.S. population v 1.9million reported being black  (US census Bureau 2005) v Poverty rate remains over two times higher than that of white  Americans (25% to 12%) v Unemployment rate is twice as high (11% vs. 5%) v Their disadvantaged status, as well as racism and poverty, contribute to the following statistics.
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Stats cont. v Age group- 25 to 29, 12% black men were in prison or jail  compared to 1.7% of white males. (Ass. Press, 2006 May 21) v Over 20% black males are temporarily or permanently banned  from voting in Texas, Florida and Virginia because of felony  convictions. v Life span of African Americans is 5 to 7 yrs. Shorter than that of  White Americans. ( N.B. Anderson, 1995: Felton, Parson,Misener & Oldaker, 1997).
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Family Characteristics v An increasingly larger percentage of African American families  are headed by single parents. v Among the lower class over 70% are headed by black women.  There exist a family network that provides emotional and economic  support.
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Implications v Counselors need to use various alternative  treatment modes and approaches in working with  black Americans. v A number of African American families who go  into counseling are required to do so by the  schools, courts or police. v Counselors need to identify their own set of 
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Kinship Bonds and Extended Family and Friends v Because of possible extended or nontraditional family  arrangements, questions should be directed to who is living in the 
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This note was uploaded on 12/20/2011 for the course PSY 5531 taught by Professor Stewart during the Fall '11 term at Tarleton.

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