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The Role of Community in Black Identity Development and Occupational Choice

Department of Psychology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ 07079, USA
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Received: 12 July 2021 / Revised: 17 August 2021 / Accepted: 30 August 2021 / Published: 10 September 2021
Black Americans have historically been excluded from societal associations and faced wavering instability in their households, forcing them to work together for their individual and collective well-being. In past research, more than half of Black American students enrolled in school opted to pursue social or educational careers. Findings suggest that Black Americans’ occupational development is influenced by their family and community ties. In this conceptual paper, the foundation of the development of identity in African American culture is presented, as it relates to occupational decision-making. First, we discuss the influences of general identity development on occupational decision-making. Second, we argue that Black cultural identity is multidimensional, with strong community and family factors that play a special role in occupational choice. Third, we suggest future research paradigms to link racial identity, culture, and occupational choice among Black American students. By exploring the fundamental beliefs of Black cultural identity, and how they buffer against each other, Black American students will be better able to make occupational decisions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Black identity; occupation; Black American students; community; family Black identity; occupation; Black American students; community; family
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Stanford, N.; Carlock, S.; Jia, F. The Role of Community in Black Identity Development and Occupational Choice. Societies 2021, 11, 111. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/soc11030111

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Stanford N, Carlock S, Jia F. The Role of Community in Black Identity Development and Occupational Choice. Societies. 2021; 11(3):111. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/soc11030111

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Stanford, Nyla, Shelby Carlock, and Fanli Jia. 2021. "The Role of Community in Black Identity Development and Occupational Choice" Societies 11, no. 3: 111. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/soc11030111

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