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Baby Boomers of ColorImplications for Social Work Policy and Practice$
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Melvin Delgado

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163019

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163019.001.0001

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Baby Boomer Assets

Baby Boomer Assets

A Conceptual Foundation

(p.106) (p.107) 7 Baby Boomer Assets
Baby Boomers of Color

Melvin Delgado

Columbia University Press

This chapter lays the groundwork for utilizing an assets perspective when working with baby boomers of color. An assets or strengths perspective finds saliency in practice and scholarship that specifically embraces empowerment of marginalized groups. Instead of casting boomers of color as helpless and/or dependent, as albatrosses around their necks of families, communities, and society, an assets perspective emphasizes how boomers and their communities have survived, and even thrived, against very impressive odds. Many of these boomers have lasted through high rates of violence in their neighborhoods, substance abuse, inferior schools and formal systems of care, high rates of imprisonment, poor nutrition, participation in wars, employment in dangerous occupations, and more economic recessions than any other previous generation. How did they manage to make it to this life stage? There were certainly individual and social forces operating to help them succeed and enter older adulthood. An assets perspective helps put this puzzle together.

Keywords:   baby boomers, baby boom generation, assets perspective, social work, empowerment, marginalized groups, non-financial assets

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