Journal of Adolescent and Family Health
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The African American Student Network (AFAM) is a therapeutic counterspace associated with positive educational and social outcomes for Black undergraduates at a predominantly White institution in the Midwest. We adapted consensual qualitative research methods to explore discussion topics and synthesize themes across hundreds of AFAM meetings spanning more than a decade. Including many of the traditional psychosocial tasks associated with emerging adulthood along with developmental milestones for racially diverse emerging adults, we found that AFAM students talked most about navigating college life followed by understanding racism, exploring identity, standing up for justice, and finding love, respectively. The results of this case study can provide a foundational curriculum for others interested in developing therapeutic counterspaces like AFAM.
Adolescent health services; Families -- Health and hygiene
Grier-Reed, Tabitha; Ajayi, Alex; Wilson, Robert; and Cotton, Danielle
"Foundational Curriculum for the African American Student Network: Synthesis of Discussion Topics and Themes,"
Journal of Adolescent and Family Health: Vol. 11:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/jafh/vol11/iss1/4