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Smart and Sassy: The Strengths of Inner-City Black Girls

Joyce West Stevens


This book provides an explanatory model of adolescent development in a social context in order to explicate how meaningful psychosocial identities are constructed. The maturational trajectories of adolescents are fully explored within particular developmental domains. The functional constructs of resilience and risk are utilized to clarify the intersection of social context and emotional-behavioral responses in the lives of Black girls and their families. Based on research findings, the book has a particular ethnic focus; notwithstanding, it offers powerful insight into the developmental issue ... More

Keywords: adolescence, development, resilience, strengths, risk, social assets, self-relatedness, empathy, social-ecological context, developmental domains

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195121643
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joyce West Stevens, author
Boston University