Joint Program in Social Work

Universities of NCA&T and UNCG

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

Journal: Florida Journal of Educational Research

This study was led by Dr. Alishea S. Rowley, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Florida A & M University, in collaboration with Dr. Yarneccia D. Dyson (pictured), Assistant Professor at UNCG. It focuses on the impact of stereotypic images in conjunction with racial identity development in Single African American Mothers (SAAMs) and their children. The 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 and the 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 also highlighted relevant theories to explain racial identity development.