why therapy matters
The World Health Organization (2016) defines the adolescent stage as a critical period for attaining cognitive, emotional, and social abilities that become the foundation for future adults' well-being and health.
Across age, African American children are exposed to the dominant White culture beliefs, which can consequently cause them to devalue their cultural group (Tatum, 2017).
Youth that have negative encounters regarding their race can develop low self-esteem, depression, or have poor social interactions (Anderson, et al., 2018).
Racial socialization has been proven to increase self-esteem, positive ethnic identity, decrease rates of anger and depression, and improve racial coping (Okeke-Adeyanju, et al., 2014