Strengths-Based Assets of Black Adolescents

Building Youth Resilience

Our work explores how black youth draw on personal and cultural resources to thrive despite challenges to their identities from institutional racism. The research considers how youths’ self-efficacy and racial group identity beliefs function to promote academic and psycho-social adjustment. A greater understanding of such processes has the potential to improve black adolescents’ lives in a variety of tangible ways, from increases in their school grades and higher rates of higher education attainment, to enhanced psychological and socio-emotional well-being.

Principal Investigator

Sheretta Butler-Barnes

CSD Faculty Director; Washington University in St. Louis
Youth Development; Race, Inequality and Social Mobility


Lissa Johnson

CSD Director of Administration,
Director of Policy Initiatives with Grand Challenges for Social Work


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