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Parental Involvement Promotes Rural African American Youths’ Self-Pride and Sexual Self-Concepts

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This study, an evaluation of the Strong African American Families Program, was designed to determine whether intervention-induced changes in targeted parenting behaviors were associated with young adolescents’ development of racial pride, self-esteem, and sexual identity. Participants were 332 African American mothers and their 11-year-old children in 9 rural Georgia counties. Families were randomly assigned to a control group or an intervention group. Unlike those in the control families, mothers in the intervention group reported increases in targeted parenting behaviors, which promoted self-esteem, positive racial identity, and positive sexual self-concepts among their children. These findings expand the study of African American youths’ identity development by including broader domains of identity and parenting processes other than racial socialization.

Keywords: African Americans; family-based prevention; identity development; parenting; rural

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Georgia 2: University of Georgia * 3: University of Georgia ** 4: Iowa State University *** 5: Albert Einstein College of Medicine ****

Publication date: August 1, 2005

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