Maricopa Community Colleges  PSY157   19974-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 3-25-1997

PSY157  1997 Summer I – 1999 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

African/Black Psychology

Historical overview of the development of Black Psychology and the African-American "frame of reference." Includes topics such as family, psychological assessment, mental health, male/female relationships, personality and community development as well as educational, ethical and contemporary issues. Critical examination of psycho-cultural forces which have helped to shape and determine the unique thought, styles, behavior of African-Americans and to gain a greater appreciation of the theories, research, writings, and activities of Black Psychologists.

Prerequisites: None.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


PSY157  1997 Summer I – 1999 Summer II

African/Black Psychology



Describe the historical roots of African/Black Psychology. (I)


Provide critical evaluation of several constructs that have played important roles in mainstream explanations of the behavior of African-Americans (deconstruction), and provide a psychological portrait of African-Americans based on present knowledge and conceptualizations by African-American scholars (reconstruction). (II)


Describe the basic theories of personality development from an Afrocentric perspective. (III)


Describe the issues in the area of intelligence and intelligence testing related to African/Black People. (IV)


Describe research methods in the various fields of psychology. (VI)


Describe research methods and ethics of African/Black Psychology. (IX)


Discuss mental health models related to African-Americans. (VII)


Discuss counseling and psychotherapeutic methods working with African-Americans. (VII)


Describe community practices that lead to positive development. (XII)


Discuss the impact of racism on African-American people. (VIII)


Discuss current topics of African/Black Psychology. (X)


Discuss practical applications of African/Black Psychology. (XI)


Describe developmental approaches to family functioning, child rearing practices, and community relations. (V)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


PSY157  1997 Summer I – 1999 Summer II

African/Black Psychology


I. Historical Roots of African/Black Psychology

A. Introduction/Course Overview

B. Historical Foundations

C. Conceptualizing African/Black Psychology

II. Deconstruction and Reconstruction

A. Deconstruction

1. The Black Self-Hate paradigm Revisited

2. Delayed Gratification in Blacks

3. The Status of Locus of Control in Blacks

B. Reconstruction

1. Black English and the Black Experience

2. Non-verbal Behaviors and Communication Styles Among African-Americans

3. African-American Patterns of Cognition

III. Personality Development

A. Afrocentric Model

B. Identity Development

IV. Psychological Assessment

A. Issues of Intelligence

B. Intelligence Testing

C. Personality Assessment

V. Developmental Psychology

A. Family Functioning

B. Child Rearing

C. Community Relations

D. Male/Female Relationships

VI. Fields of Psychology

A. Career Opportunities

B. Afrocentric Perspective

VII. Mental Health Issues

A. Mental Health Models

B. Mental Health Disorders

C. Treatment

VIII. Racism

A. Psychological Aspects

B. Cultural Analysis

IX. Research and Ethics

A. Paradigms

B. ABPSI Ethics

C. Research Ethics

D. Practice Ethics

X. Current/Contemporary Topics

A. Challenges

B. New Developments

XI. Practical Applications

A. Projects

XII. Nation Building/Community Practices



C. Other Community Practices


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