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What Do the American Psychological Association’s New Guidelines Mean for Black Men and Boys?

The American Psychological Association released “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men” to help psychologists better address their male patients who are either victims or accused of bullying, physical or sexual harassment, depression, and/or anxiety. While the guidelines serve to address boys and men regardless of their backgrounds, the APA acknowledged that specific identities--including race—play a role in how masculinity is experienced and performed.

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Mamie Phipps Clark (1917-1983)

Born in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1917, Mamie Phipps Clark received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Howard University.  It was at Howard University that she met her husband, Kenneth Clark, who convinced her to pursue psychology instead of mathematics. Mamie’s Clark’s master thesis, “The Development of Consciousness of Self in Negro Pre-School Children," formed the early basis for the famous doll studies, which looked at the black child’s self-perception.

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