(1) Understanding the Impact of Negative Stereotypic Images on Identity Development in African American Children and Single Mothers: Implications for Educators, School Counselors, and Administrators

Alishea S. Rowley
Florida A&M University

Yarneccia D. Dyson
University of North Carolina Greensboro

Abstract

Historical oppression and stereotypes impact the way African American children from female headed single-parent homes are viewed and perceived in today’s society. Often, their families are judged as unstable, low income, and minimally educated. Stereotypes are impactful and can influence the way people in power interact with children and families. The examination of the role stereotypes play in the lives of Black women is a concept that has been explored and the research has broadened in the past 24 years. This research, however, seldom focuses on the impact of stereotypic images in conjunction with racial identity development in Single African American Mothers (SAAMs) and their children. An investigation of this topic is important because there is a need to highlight oppressive images that impact racial development and academic success in children of color. The outcomes are relevant to educators, counselors, and school leaders in Florida and beyond. This topic is vital to helping professionals and academic leaders to better understand the needs of the population and effective ways to help them. Further, the study highlighted relevant theories to explain racial identity development.

Citation

Rowley, A.S., & Dyson, Y.D. (2021).  Understanding the Impact of Negative Stereotypic Images on Identity Development in African American Children and Single Mothers: Implications for Educators, School Counselors, and Administrators. Florida Journal of Educational Research, 59(1), 179-188.

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