A large and growing body of research shows that the effects of racial stress on health are measurable and negative. In order to raise healthy children of color, especially black and brown children, it is crucial that we understand and manage racial stress, both that of the children and that of the adults who care for them.
Watch this Talking Race & Kids online conversation with leaders of the American Psychological Association’s racial and ethnic socialization outreach, the RESilience Initiative. They talk to Andrew and Melissa of EmbraceRace about what racial stress is and they share strategies we can use to minimize its effects. And of course they take questions from the the larger EmbraceRace community, people like you! Below, you'll find an edited transcript of the conversation.
Lauren G. Caldwell, JD, PhD, is the director of the Children, Youth and Families Office (CYFO) of the American Psychological Association. The CYFO coordinates and tracks APA initiatives related to children, youth and families across the organization. Housed in the Public Interest Directorate, CYFO works to fulfill APA's commitment to applying the science and practice of psychology to the fundamental problems of human welfare and the promotion of equitable and just treatment of all segments of society through education, program delivery, and policy design and implementation.
Keyona King-Tsikata, MPH, is the director of the Office on Socioeconomic Status (OSES) of the American Psychological Association. OSES is responsible for directing, overseeing, facilitating and promoting psychology's contribution to the understanding of SES and the lives and well-being of the poor. As such, the office works to develop and facilitate relationships and activities to advance psychology as a major force in research, policy and advocacy related to SES.
Tiffany G. Townsend, PhD, is the senior director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) at the American Psychological Association. OEMA works to increase the scientific understanding of the ways in which culture pertains to psychology and ethnicity influences behavior. This is accomplished, in part, by ensuring the appropriate training and development of psychologists who can adequately work with our nation's ethnically diverse society and move the extant literature concerning multicultural psychology forward. The office also promotes the development of public policies that support the concerns of psychologists of color and the communities they serve.
Managing Racial Stress For Parents