Culturally Specific Programs for Foster Care Youth: The Sample Case of an African American Rites of Passage Program Why this research/program was needed?
It works in tangent with the Independent Program that is established for foster care children. It gives an ethnicity group a higher enrichment and potential track to a higher success in the future. For foster care children they are, most often than not, uprooted out of their cultural communities. It has been discussed that children potentially have a greater success rate if they are deepened with a higher understanding of their own cultural background. That is what this program is striving to do in the African American population of the foster care system. What were the goals or objectives of the research/program?
The goals of this program are clearly defined. It states “One of the major goals of this rites-based program is to build an ethnic identity among youth in foster care through a variety of didactic and experiential activities” (Gavazzi, 2001). Also, “increase the self-sufficiency… in the target area of developing and maintaining a positive self-concept” (Gavazzi, 2001). Finally, the program is to enhance the life skills program established through the foster care system. Who attended/received the program or participated in the study? Currently the target participants are urban African American males who are 15 to 18 years of age. What participants did at (or received from) the program (the intervention)? All participants are to obtain a higher self-esteem as well as ethnic pride. The goal is to get these youth to realize that their ethnicity is a part of them but it does not have to define them. They are expected to comprehend the seven Swahili terms that were developed by Maulana Karenga. Umoja (Unity), (Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith) are the seven terms that are meant to help the youth reconstruct their history and daily lives. The youth then participates in varies traditional rituals. This is a way for the participants to achieve a sense of accomplishment as well as inclusion to their own ethnicity. The purpose is to help these youth get to a point to where they can make better decisions and put the principles they learned into their everyday lives. How well did the program/study achieve its goals/objectives? The program retrieved its data via natural research methods. For example, they did qualitative research by asking interview questions and allowing the participants to answer from their personal experiences. Through their collecting of evidence the program seems to be reaching their goal of increasing these youths self-esteem. Each point was expressed in Table 1 of the article. The participants hit all points that the program was trying to obtain. What are the implications for FLE practitioners?
Although the leaders of this program do not have a valued goal to replicate this program it can be extremely beneficial to those in cities that need help to provide their participants with something to strive for. The article states, “the data may provide family practitioners with an incentive to investigate the utility of other efforts that incorporate ethnic identity as a component of their prevention and intervention programming” (Gavazzi, 2001). This program is still under research and nothing is set in stone. However, it does show to be making progress in obtaining its goals. The point most stressed was that this program is best used in cities that need the most help. They feel that if this program was in an area that did not need much help to achieve a higher sense of ethnic pride the point would be lost. Framework for Critically Appraising Research Articles
Is there a clear statement about the topic being investigated? Yes Is there a clear rationale for the research? Yes
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