Most Disadvantaged, African-American Men

CHICAGO, Sept. 1 (UPI) — The most needy and least helped of the U.S. disadvantaged are most likely to be African-American men, researchers suggest.

Waldo E. Johnson Jr., an associate professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, says black men suffer in a variety of ways, including being stereotyped as reckless and having little regard for their children.

Most African-American men do not fit this stereotype and fulfill their responsibilities to both their families and society but the stereotype persists, often fueled by the media, Johnson says.

Johnson is the editor of “Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy,” recently published by Oxford University Press — a collection of studies detailing the disadvantages that black men face and ways they can be helped. The book says:

– African-American boys are more likely to experience difficulty in school and are less likely to graduate than any other group.

– African-American male youths are likely to grow up in single-parent homes and not have fathers living at home with them and as a result develop male role models from the media.

– Black males, even as boys, are more likely than other male peers to suffer from stress-induced depression and other physical and mental health problems.

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