Im not gonna let you define me: A qualitative investigation of racial identity development in Black men. David L. Walden

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Im not gonna let you define me: A qualitative investigation of racial identity development in Black men. by David L. Walden
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This qualitative study explored the lived experiences of Black men residing in the United States in an effort to identify salient aspects of their process of racial identity development, to explore how their lived experiences corresponded to extantMoreThis qualitative study explored the lived experiences of Black men residing in the United States in an effort to identify salient aspects of their process of racial identity development, to explore how their lived experiences corresponded to extant theories of racial identity development, and to explore the utility of an established measure of racial identity.

Twenty-three participants completed a standardized measure of racial identity development (Cross Racial Identity Scale - Cross & Vandiver, 2001- Vandiver, Cross, Worrell, & Fhagen-Smith, 2002), after which 5 participants who were identified as having achieved an internalized stage of racial identity were invited to participate in an interview focused on their racial identity development process.-A qualitative analysis of that narrative data was conducted that contributed to the literature by utilizing an approach that complemented the almost complete reliance on quantitative methods in this area of research- expanded the scope of this literature by seeing how the life experiences of Black men validate, compare, or otherwise map onto existing models of Black identity development- explored how the life experiences of Black men supported or challenged an identity measure designed to assess for stages of those models- and articulated how it is that the participants of the study negotiated a secure sense of racial identity in an environment that presents many challenges to that process.-Specifically, the results of this research suggests five modifications to Nigrescence theory: (a) The addition of a new type of pre-encounter stage that is reflective of multicultural attitudes- (b) The addition of differing types of encounter experiences and valences- (c) Questioning whether the immersion experience needs to contain an anti-White component- (d) Questioning if internalization can be catalyzed by an encounter experience instead of directly following immersion- and (e) Affirming that internalization characteristics are grounded in initial racial identity attitudes.-Key words: racial identity, African American, Black, male, men, qualitative



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