MEN AND COMMUNITIES : AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES AND THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS Prepared for The Dellums Commission By James B. Hyman, Ph.D., Inc. Rationale: Why is this important? Community poverty Macro (communal) vs. Micro (Individual) Strategies
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AFRICAN-AMERICAN MALES AND THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND NEIGHBORHOODS
The Dellums Commission
James B. Hyman, Ph.D., Inc.
Extremely complicated: simultaneous and inter-dependent.
Education; income and earnings; marriage, fatherhood and family formation; crime and incarceration; child, youth and community development are all linked.
Need a map to navigate these relationships.
Defining question: Can we find a way to better understand the connections between these variables and their place in determining the extent, the manners, and the mechanisms through which men affect the well-being of poor communities?
B. Opportunity Structure
C. Male Choices and Behaviors
D. Expected Impacts on Children, Families & Neighborhoods (CFN)
E. Community Health and Well-Being
F. Feedback Loop to Societal Expectations
Individual Endowment and Disposition
w/ Respect to:
Positive CFN Well-Being Outcomes
Pos. Youth Devel
Pos. Neighborhood Climate
Prescribed Male Roles
Macro-Social Structural Forces
Impact on Community Well-Being
Adaptations in Prescribed Male Roles
Institutional Structural Forces
w/ Respect to:
Negative CFN Well-Being Outcomes
The Impact of Males on the Well-Being Of Children, Families, Neighborhoods (CFN) and Communities
Values: Cultural/Spiritual Competence: Intellectual/Social
Education – Public Schools Medicine – Health/Mental Health
Workplace – Economic Security
Law/Justice – Safety, Civil Rights
Media – Communications
Need to intervene in ways that “condition” male choices (e.g., at Node B: Opportunity Structure)
Community-level intervention (at node B1: Individual Endowment and Disposition)