Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Helms, Janet E.
Chalmer E. Thompson
At the threshold of a new millennium, and five decades after the birth of the U.S. civil rights movement, it is with some irony that the phenomenon of race continues to be marginally attended in the work of U.S. psychological theorists, researchers, and practitioners. The civil rights movement was instrumental in giving voice to the silenced masses and raising the consciousness of a society weighed down by unfair stratifications. With the charge to serve the welfare of the public by promoting mental health, psychologists have needed somehow to shift their thinking and practices to better account for previously marginalized voices and reassess their understanding of constructs such as cognitive, personality, and affective development, coping and adaptation, and their skills as practitioners. But the mainstream literature of the past 30 years or more has not been the best source from which educators and practitioners can draw to gain an understanding about ...