APSAC Contemporary Challenges Facing Black Youth Part Three

Training Overview

Part Three: Resilience & Resistance: Black Youth and Families’ Navigation of Racism-Related Stress

Keniston (1978) asserted that Black youth are “the most endangered children in our society.” Indeed, Black children and teenagers are exposed to myriad adversities, particularly those that emanate from the legacy of racism in this country. Yet, despite deficit-oriented narratives concerning them, Black youth—and their families—have continued to demonstrate remarkable psychosocial resilience. This resilience is cultivated drawing upon racial-ethnic protective factors (REPFs) within Black families, including racial socialization and racial identity. In this presentation, conceptual and empirical work on mechanisms undergirding the salutary benefit of REPFs for Black youth and caregivers will be discussed. This presentation will conclude with a discussion of ongoing and future research, which seeks to imagine novel ways that resistance from racism-related stress can support the psychosocial health of Black youth.

About Presenter

Shawn Jones, PhD – Dr. Shawn Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program in the Psychology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to relocating to Richmond, Dr. Jones was a National Science Foundation SBE Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a Child Clinical Psychology Predoctoral intern at UCLA. He also holds a Master of Health Science in Mental Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (2010) and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Duke University (2008).

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