Diversity%20within%20African%20American%20Families%20BB%202.15.11

Diversity%20within%20African%20American%20Families%20BB%202.15.11

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Diversity Within African American Families CDFS 301 February 15, 2011
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Research Ethnocentrism = tendency to look at the world primarily from the perspective of one's own culture Why has African American family life been ignored by scholars?
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Family Structure According to the 2000 Census: 33.3% married couple families 70% live in single parent families Single-parent families:
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Changes in Family Structure
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Extended Family 1 in 5 African American families were extended Physical – Family relations – Why?
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Marriage, Divorce, Separation Delayed marriage Marrying at later age than are persons from other races Consequences? Growing proportion of never-married Marriage squeeze
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Marriage, Divorce, Separation Higher likelihood of separating Why? Remarriage rate ¼ that of Caucasians Marital dissolution Economic developments & cultural values partially explain declining rates of marriage
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Family Dynamics Egalitarian – authority is divided evenly between husbands and wives Why?
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Parenting Child Socialization Gender role flexibility Common values fostered in children
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Racial Socialization: What? What is racial socialization?
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