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Out of K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self)

Black Masculinity, Psychopathology, and Treatment

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Steven Kniffley Jr., Ernest Brown Jr. and Bryan Davis

Out of K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self): Black Masculinity, Psychopathology, and Treatment provides a comprehensive analysis of the development of racialized masculinity in Black males. This text explores the current theories related to gender development and racial identity development and their impact on the formation and expression of Black masculinity. Specifically, this text investigates the intersection between Black masculinity development, racial identity, and race-related traumas/stressors. Out of K.O.S. (Knowledge of Self): Black Masculinity, Psychopathology, and Treatment highlights the dual experience of social oppression and cultural identity suppression as the catalyst for the formation of unintegrated Black masculinity, and its subsequent influence on Black male mental health. Lastly, this book provides a comprehensive discussion concerning therapist variables and clinical interventions that can be helpful when working with Black males in a clinical setting.

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Chapter Two: Racial Identity Development and Black Masculinity

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CHAPTER TWO

Racial Identity Development and Black Masculinity



Along life’s continuum of development, there are often pivotal and/or seminal personal moments, some emotionally charged that lead Black males to question, ponder, and/or clarify their racial identity and masculinity. These moments often bring about questions, such as: What does it mean to be Black in America? What does it mean to be a male in America? What does it mean to be a Black male in America? What traits or qualities constitute being a male or Black male in America? Who and/or what determines the answer to these questions? And, lastly, how do these factors intersect? Out of these moments and questions, internal feelings of confusion and conflict often arise. This chapter discusses current theories, in relation to racial identity development and its impact on the formation and expression of Black masculinity. Along with racial identity and Black masculinity, it also explores the racial challenges that many Black males experience (related to the internalization of negative cultural codes).

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