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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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There is an African proverb that states, “If you conquer the enemy within, the enemy without can do you no harm.” Many Black males are engaged in an internal conflict, in regards to their own beliefs towards the negativity associated with Black masculinity, especially when those beliefs are inconsistent with their own socio-historical and lived experiences. This conflict is significantly influenced by personal, on-going experiences of racial discrimination and gender role conflict. More specifically, this text links the influence of racial discrimination and gender role conflict to the intersectionality of gender and racial identity development in Black males.

In regards to gender identity development, this text explores current theories related to gender performance, schemas and norms, and their impact on the development of Black masculinity. In addition, it examines the lived experiences of gender role conflict and gender role strain, and their influences on the manifestation of mental health challenges for Black men. This text also explores the current theories related to racial identity development and its impact on the formation and expression of Black masculinity. Specifically, it investigates the intersection between Black masculinity development, racial identity, and race-related traumas/stressors.

Lastly, the text discusses the process of Black male racial socialization, challenges related to the internalization of negative cultural codes, and the impact ← vii | viii → of skill-building activities, related to cultural interpretation and adaptation. Ultimately, this text explores the relationship between the various processes of gender and racial identity development in Black...

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