Overcoming Adversity: High-Achieving African American Youth's Perspectives on Educational Resilience
Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013
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Journal of Counseling & Development
Volume 91, Issue 3, pages 291–300, July 2013
How to Cite
Williams, J. M. and Bryan, J. (2013), Overcoming Adversity: High-Achieving African American Youth's Perspectives on Educational Resilience. Journal of Counseling & Development, 91: 291–300. doi: 10.1002/j.1556-6676.2013.00097.x
- Issue published online: 7 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 7 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 26 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 14 FEB 2012
- African American;
This qualitative multicase research study identified the home, school, and community factors and processes that contributed to the academic success of 8 urban, African American high school graduates from low-income, single-parent families. Ten main themes emerged: school-related parenting practices, personal stories of hardship, positive mother–child relationships, extended family networks, supportive school-based relationships, school-oriented peer culture, good teaching, extracurricular school activities, social support networks, and out-of-school time activities. Implications for counselors are discussed.