Understanding african american discipline styles: Suggestions for effective social work intervention

Ramona Denby, Keith Alford

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Discipline styles among African American parents are closely scrutinized; yet, they may be among the most positive aspects of African American child rearing. Families headed by “hardline” disciplinarians often interface with human, service providers who may perceive them as dysfunctional. The authors report the findings of an exploratory study which examined discipline styles among African American families from various socioeconomic backgrounds in a midwestem community In-depth interviews were conducted, using a naturalistic method of inquiry. Emergent themes were analyzed, using an interactive model to contrast elements of African American and perceived European American methods of discipline. Based on research findings, multilevel service suggestions are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-98
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Multicultural Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 11 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education


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