Playing with Anger: Teaching Coping Skills to African American Boys Through Athletics and Culture

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Howard C. Stevenson
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 203 pages
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This volume presents unique, culturally relevant interventions that can teach coping skills to African American boys with a history of aggression. Stevenson provides the history and current events for readers to understand why these youths perceive violence as the only way to react. Interventions and preventative actions developed in the PLAAY project (Preventing Long-Term Anger and Aggression) are presented. These include teaching coping skills and anger management via athletics such as basketball and martial arts. Frustrations and strengths in those athletics illuminate the players' emotional lives, and serve as a basis for self-understanding and life skill development.

 

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Contents

Boys Not Men Hypervulnerability in African American Youth
3
Remembering Culture The Roots of Culturally Relevant Anger
21
Why Black Males Need Cultural Socialization
61
If We Must Die Examples of PLAAY Project Interventions
87
If We Must Die CPR for Managing Catch33 Alienation and Hypervulnerability
89
PLAAY Fighting in Martial Arts
115
Emotions in Motion Teaching Emotional Empowerment through Basketball
135
COPE Community Outreach through Parent Empowerment
151
Life After PLAAY Alumni Group and Rites of Passage Empowerment ROPE
169
Raising Boys to Be Men Distance Does Not Make the Heart Grow Fonder
183
Index
189
About the Contributors
197
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Howard C. Stevenson Jr. is associate professor with tenure in the School, Community, and Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. His five-year PLAAY project (Preventing Long-Term Anger and Aggression in Youth) was sponsored by the National Institutes of Mental Health.

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