Bibliography Author: B. R. Wallace

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B. R. Wallace "A Womanist Legacy of Grief and Trauma: Reframing the Notion of the Strong Black Woman Icon" In Women Out of Order: Risking Change and Creating Order in a Multicultural World. eds. Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner and Teresa Snorton. Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2009

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B. R. Wallace, P. Rosenblatt African-American Grief., New York: Brunner Routledge Press 2005

This book explains how racism, economic disadvantage, and the operation of distinctive African American beliefs, practices, and institutions impact the grief process. The narratives of this qualitative research project of African American individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one suggest that traditional understandings of the bereavement are insufficient to explain African Americans‘ unique experience of loss.

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B. R. Wallace, P. Rosenblatt "Narratives of grieving African Americans about racism in the lives of deceased family members" 3 In Death Studies 29. 2005 : 217-235

This article explores how racism is incorporated into narratives about a deceased family member. This qualitative research study reports on interviews of 26 African American about the life experience of deceased family members. Almost all the individuals interviewed talked about the ways the decease taught them to deal with racism. Findings suggest that a view of African American grief that is insensitive to racism in the African American experience may lead to unhelpful grief support or counseling.

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B. R. Wallace, W.L. Turner "African-American Women and Substance Use: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment" In Violence Against Women. vol. 9, 2002 : 427-438

This article highlights the prevalence, correlates, and adverse consequences of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) used by African American women. Efforts to prevent substance use and the nature and effectiveness of treatment are addressed. Several complex issues and limitations that relate to African American AOD prevention and the treatment are addressed including the misinformed assumption of the homogeneity of the African American population.

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B. R. Wallace, C. Byrd, J. Anderson, W.L. Turner "The Last Mile of the Way: End of Life Decision Making in the African-American Family" In The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 30. 2004 : 427-438

This article reports on qualitative research project, in-depth ethnographic interviews and focus groups of African American caregivers during a stressful time in their family development – caregiving at the end of the life – and the grieving through the aftermath. Results suggest that formal care is complicated by the distrust that many African Americans hold toward the health care system. The findings also highlights the importance of hearing from African American families to gain an understanding of what services, including family therapy, and other psychotherapy that families will need during this process.