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Counseling African-American Marriages and Families
by Edward P. Wimberly
© 1997. (Westminster John Knox Press: Louisville, KY)
All rights reserved [127 pages]
[Answer 7 out of 10 questions to receive
6 hours of Continuing Education credit.]


Chapter 1: Beyond African American Male Hierarchical Leadership (p. 1-10)
1. In this book, the author seeks to promote
a. a love ethic which encourages the holistic growth of each African American family member.
b. the importance of the extended family for each African American.
c. the mutual and androgynous traditions of African American husbands and wives working together.
d. all of the above.

Chapter 2: Male and Female, God Created Them to Be Whole (p. 11-24)
2. Commenting on Chapters 1-3 Genesis, Phyllis Trible believes that the inequality between men and women
a. is a result of Adam being created first.
b. is a result of woman being created for the sake of man.
c. is a result of the Fall, the introduction of sin into the world.
d. is a result of the man naming the woman.

Chapter 3: The Context of African American Families (p. 25-37)
3. Billingsley believes that African American families have managed to thrive in spite of racism because of
a. cross-generational relationships.
b. Affirmative Action programs.
c. educational achievements.
d. economic achievements.

Chapter 4: A Transgenerational View (p. 38-50)
4. Research by Delores Aldridge shows that black men often have difficulty with having empathy for black women because
a. black men feel inferior to black women.
b. black men and women view the world so differently.
c. society teaches black men to be tough, unsentimental and emotionally unexpressive.
d. black men experience more racism than black women.

Chapter 6: A Model of Joining, Assessment, and Intervention (p. 64-80)
5. Because African Americans are generally suspicious about the therapeutic process, it is crucial in the first counseling session for the therapist to
a. inform the couple of the therapistís credentials, training and competency.
b. make an emotional connection with each spouse.
c. demonstrate familiarity with African American culture.
d. demonstrate several therapeutic skills.

6. African American families are more likely to respond to therapeutic approaches which
a. solve presenting problems quickly.
b. deal with family-of-origin issues.
c. require long-term counseling.
d. are psychodynamically-oriented.

7. Which is NOT a characteristic of compulsive masculinity?
a. sexual conquest
b. work
c. emotional detachment
d. thrill seeking

Chapter 7: Sexual Dysfunction in Marriage (p. 81-95)
8. The authorís marital assessment of Mr. P and Mrs. P revealed
a. an inability to communicate about dissatisfactions.
b. a lack of support for each otherís individual growth needs.
c. a lack of shared activities.
d. severe emotional conflict.

Chapter 8: Marital Therapy and an Extramarital Affair (p. 96-111)
9. Theologically, the author believes an extramarital affair is unacceptable because
a. propositional theology prohibits adultery.
b. the risk of contracting a sexually-transmitted disease is too great.
c. it is too disruptive to society.
d. it does not promote the holistic growth of each spouse.

Chapter 9: Abuse and Pastoral Counseling (p. 112-127)
10. Theologically, the crucial concern for the pastoral counselor who is working with an abused wife is
a. to help her achieve a healthier balance between self-love and other-love.
b. to view the cross as sacrificial surrogacy.
c. to view the cross as freedom from oppression.
d. a & c