African-American Children at Church: A Sociocultural by Wendy L. Haight

By Wendy L. Haight

In African-American little ones at Church Dr. Haight presents a necessary description of kid rearing in a Black neighborhood within the western usa. dependent upon an intensive, naturalistic examine of adult-child interplay, the booklet describes the ideals and childrearing practices of winning African-American adults, targeting the function of faith in kid's improvement. The publication contains descriptions of adult-child storytelling, clash, and play in Sunday university and describes how examine effects have been used to boost a preventive, academic intervention for kids.

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I describe how knowledge generated through this study informed the development of the “Computer Club,” an intervention designed to support children’s development and educational achievement. , Williams, 1994), the pastor and other adults at First Baptist Church both prioritized educational achievement and identified school as problematic for many African-American children. In particular, children’s computer literacy was identified as a specific area of need and one which the church members and I, in cooperation, could fulfill.

Each adult was formally interviewed on at least two occasions and by at least two independent interviewers. I interviewed all adults at least once, and one of three African-American, undergraduate women from Spelman College, who studied with me for a summer, interviewed at another time. These interviews yielded approximately 2 hours of audiotaped recordings for each adult. In the tradition of topic-focused ethnography, the interviews included both open-ended and more focused questions on religious experience.

There’ll be a day, I just tells him of my ‘down-and-out blues’ ” (p. 200). Empirical studies focusing on African-American communities suggest that adults view the church and spirituality as significant factors in their own abilities to cope with stressful life events. , 1983, as cited in Potts, 1996). During interviews, African-American cancer survivors spontaneously referred to spiritual beliefs and practices as central to their abilities to cope with cancer (Potts, 1996). Diane Brown and Lawrence Gary (1991) found in a survey of 532 urban African-Americans adults that more than half answered “often” or “very often” to the statements: “Ideas I have learned from religion sometimes help me understand my life” (66%), “I feel that the church or religion helps me in getting ahead in life” (56%), and “The religious beliefs I learned when I was young still help me” (74%).

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