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"We Who Are Dark . . .:" The Black Community According to Black Adults in America: An Exploratory Content Analysis

Grayman, N. (2009) "We Who Are Dark . . .:" The Black Community According to Black Adults in America: An Exploratory Content Analysis. Journal of Black Psychology, 35 (4). pp. 433-455. ISSN 0095-7984

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The author explored the meaning of the Black community according to a purposeful sample of 60 Black adults in the mid-Atlantic United States. Purposeful stratified sampling resulted in equal numbers of participants along the lines of locale (Brooklyn, New York; Wilmington, Delaware; and Washington, D.C.), gender, and generational affiliation (older adults, middle-aged adults, and young adults). Content analysis of responses to a single open-ended survey question resulted in 11 emergent themes around the meaning of the Black community: the Black community as cultural, the Black community as residential, the Black community as global, the Black community as supportive, the Black community as visibly distinctive, the Black community as socioeconomic, the Black community as nonactualized, the Black community as nondifferential, the Black community as nihilistic, the Black community as nondefinable, and the Black community as other. Gender and generational variations in thematic endorsement were analyzed, and implications of these findings as they pertain to research, mental health programs, and policies for Blacks are discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: race, Blacks, African Americans, identity, culture, positive psychology
Subjects: Health > Policy
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > Mental Health
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    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2011 11:25
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2011 11:25
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/2681

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