Frameworks for African-centered youth development: A critical comparison of the Nguzo Saba and the five Cs

Husain Lateef, Elizabeth Anthony

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Abstract

Several African-centered theoretical models have been developed to conceptualize the process of healthy development among members of the African-American community. Within prevention-based research, African-centered perspectives are not often utilized as the basis of prevention efforts for African-American youth populations. However, given the distinct experiences of African-American youths, the purpose of this article is to critically compare the principles of the Nguzo Saba and the Five Cs of Positive Youth Development (PYD). We critically compare the two theoretical models in the context of their historical development. The process of comparing the concepts of youth development within each model yielded insights that are particularly important for future theorizing. We conclude with the implications for future practice intervention efforts for African-American youths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Mar 29 2018

Keywords

  • African-American population
  • community and youth services
  • community practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education

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