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Risk and Resiliency in Social Contexts

West Stevens Joyce

in Smart and Sassy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195121643
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865383 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121643.003.0001
Risk and Resiliency in Social Contexts

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This chapter explicates the construct of resilience within historical social contexts to illuminate an evolutionary perspective of contextual stresses and the ways in which they are negotiated and managed over time. Strengths and social supports are used interchangeably with resilience and protective factors. Various risk models are explained. Both risk and resilience are defined. Race and ethnicity for Blacks is viewed as a form of social stigma and a risk factor. The notion of internalized racial self-hatred is rejected. Racial stigma need not be attributed as self-blame. A strengths perspective is defined.

Keywords: resilience; social stigma; racial stigma; strengths perspective; protective factors; social supports; racial self-hate

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