Paper originally prepared for presentation at the 47th annual national Academy of Management Meeting, 1987, New Orleans, Louisiana. The author acknowledges the helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper by Joseph H. Astrachan, Mary Elizabeth Herbert, David A. Thomas, Ella L. Bell and Sharon Rogolsky.
Integrating race and adult psychosocial development†
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Copyright © 1990 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume 11, Issue 6, pages 433–446, November 1990
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Herbert, J. I. (1990), Integrating race and adult psychosocial development. J. Organiz. Behav., 11: 433–446. doi: 10.1002/job.4030110605
- Issue online: 20 NOV 2006
- Version of Record online: 20 NOV 2006
The biographical interview method was used to study the lives of 10 black male entrepreneurs. The findings of this investigation supported Levinson's theory of developmental periods. The concept of evolving life structure was found to be vibrant and viable. Because of the impact of racial dynamics and racism, on the men's lives, two new developmental tasks of adult psychosocial development are proposed: (1) to form an individual racial identity that both acknowledges and frees the individual of their own racism and prejudices, and (2) to form an individual self-concept dedicated to the eradication of racial discrimination and racial prejudice from society.