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

Black Masculinity, Psychopathology, and Treatment


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 Four: Creating Clinical Interventions for Black Males


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Creating Clinical Interventions for Black Males

Undereducated, underemployed, undervalued, and chronically-confused with potentially life threatening negative stereotypes, Black males represent a vulnerable population that is at-risk for mental illness. Newbigging, McKeown, and French (2013) examined the effects of unemployment, underemployment, and the most recent economic recession on the mental health of Black men, and found that during the recession years (2007–2011), Black men had a higher risk of developing chronic mental illnesses than their White male counterparts.

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