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date: 23 September 2021

African Americans: Practice Interventionslocked

African Americans: Practice Interventionslocked

  • Sharon E. MooreSharon E. MooreDr. Sharon E. Moore is professor of social work at the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She received her Ph.D. and M.S.W. in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. Her authored works include “The Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies of African American Faculty Teaching at Predominantly White Institutions” which was published in a special issue of the Journal of African American Studies (JAAS) that she co-edited that contained the most downloaded manuscripts in the history of the JAAS and in 2011 she also presented this paper at the Oxford Round Table at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford. Her other works include, “The ABC’s of tenure: What all African American faculty should know” and the texts Dilemmas of Black Faculty at U.S. Predominantly White Institutions: Issues in the Post-Multicultural Era by Mellen Press and Social Work Practice with Culturally Diverse People by Sage. In 2007, she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars Program. In 2006 she became only the second African American to become a full professor at the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work since the program began in 1939.

Summary

African Americans number about 35 million or 12% of the U.S. population. Their life expectancy is lower than that of White Americans, and despite the educational gains made since mid-1980s, the unemployment gap between African Americans and Whites has increased. Similarly, although the number of African Americans working in white-collar occupations has increased, the disparity in wage earnings between African American and White workers continues. Regardless of social class African Americans are made to be cognizant of their race at all times. Today they are still at risk for social issues such as substance abuse, teen pregnancy, incarceration, poverty, high rates of female headed households, infant mortality that is twice as high as Whites, residential segregation, racism, and discrimination. As daunting as these problems are, the strengths of the African American community have allowed it to thrive even amid arduous circumstances.

Subjects

  • Children and Adolescents
  • Couples and Families
  • Clinical and Direct Practice
  • Populations and Practice Settings
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Culture

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