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The article “Culturally Sensitive Treatment of Anger in African American Women: A Single Case Study” by Antonio Gonzalez-Prendes and Shirley A. Thomas, focused on the treatment of anger within African American women based off of culturally gained attitudes and beliefs. Gonzalez-Prendes and Thomas suggest that three main important issues influence the “experience and expression of anger in African-American women” (p.383). These three main issues include gender role socialization on anger expression, powerlessness, and messages that are culture-related which creates an impractical expectation of strength.
The messages of strength that African-American have been taught are reinforced at a young age, which ultimately shapes how anger should be expressed. Also to be taken into considerations are the ways that women divert or reroute their anger. This can be done in four different ways: containment (avoiding the expressing of anger), internalization, segmentation (detachment from the feelings of anger), and externalization (projection of blame for their uncomfortable feelings). This article also allows the reader to become educated in how African-American women gain their expectation of strength from. African-American women are taught through their culture that they are to be strong women; however these assumptions create unrealistic characterization. This unrealistic idea then creates a catch 22 for these women. On one hand it allows them to face adversity and on the other hand it creates a false image of a “superwoman”. These women also can then find themselves “caught in a double-bind: on the one hand she may experience anger and resentment related to the lack of control over her own life and on the other hand she ...

... middle of paper ... their anger comes from. Although I found the article to be interesting and useful for my future career, I found the article to be very repetitive. I would have preferred seeing the article focus more on the treatment plan rather than the repetition of the reason as to why the client was facing these issues. I felt that the authors perfectly described the reason behind the client’s anger within the background information. I believe that the case study should have been more directed on the client’s change and treatment rather than on the reason behind her anger through her culture.
Overall, the article was very interesting opening my eyes to new ways of thinking. This article will be useful in my future endeavors as a professional. I will be able to use this knowledge with future clients and be able to follow up with this particular type of treatment style.

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