African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families: An by Patricia Dixon

By Patricia Dixon

African American Relationships, Marriages, and households is a traditionally and culturally based textual content designed for dating, marriage and kinfolk educators and therapists who paintings with African American singles and undefined. entire with quite a few routines, the booklet is helping singles and elevate their self-awareness, accomplice knowledge and admire, and appreciation for distinction. It additionally is helping foster potent conversation and clash solution abilities, exhibiting readers find out how to improve and hold fit relationships, marriages, and households. No flooring is left exposed in Dixon’s considerate and thought of research.

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The reality was that many of the opportunities that lured them to the North were not there, especially for African American men. indb 21 11/20/06 2:46:55 PM 22 African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families In many caes, the only work that was available was domestic service; work that only African American women did. The fact that African American women worked as domestic servants had negative implications for the formation of stable relationships, marriages, and families. First, because they were able to find work, this put them in a dominant economic position in their households by comparison to men who were often unemployed or found sporadic and/or seasonal work due to their work being largely outdoors and opportunities being dependent on weather conditions.

Here it was argued that African Americans had created a culture of poverty, which included welfare dependency that was capable of reproducing itself from generation to generation. indb 23 11/20/06 2:46:56 PM 24 African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families children in the 1990s, while the increasing drug trade and expanding prison industry, under the War on Drugs policies, contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of African American males who were incarcerated, subsequently making them unemployable—even in the face of an already-diminishing job market.

With regard to roles, some families have approached the American idea of the male as primary economic provider and female as homemaker; in others the female is the primary economic provider and the male as homemaker; there are those in which both the male and female work and share the household and childcare responsibilities, and others in which extended family members live with and participates at various levels of family functioning. As it regards decision making, arrangements have ranged from male headed, to female headed, to multiple male and/or female headed, to egalitarian.

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