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It is not a secret that social problems form the basis of social policies. According to researchers, “it is impossible to talk about social policy history, analysis and provisions without referring to the social problems those policies are designed to address”(Ginsberg & Miller-Cribbs, 2005, p. 56). There are many severe social problems that have a strong impact on the lifestyle and development of each member of American society. Some of these problems include unemployment, high incarceration rates, school dropout rates, concentrated poverty, drug trade, health problems, low marriage rates, high divorce rates, discrimination against gays and lesbians, etc. (Korgen & Furst, 2012). African American communities are among minority groups which are eminently influenced by social problems that are “partly the result of past and present racial discrimination against black people” (Shelby, 2013, p. 241). The problem of high divorce rates among African Americans is really an actual social problem, which requires prompt and comprehensive solutions. Thesis statement: The problem of high divorce rates among African Americans caused by a variety of factors, including unemployment, should be addressed by comprehensive social policies, aimed at providing support to families at risk of divorce. Description of the selected social problem The social problem selected for the discussion is the problem of high divorce rates among African Americans. This problem can be qualified as a social problem because it is caused by “general patterns of human behavior or social conditions that are perceived to be threats to society by significant numbers of the population, powerful groups, or charismatic individuals and that could be resolved or remedied” (Maris, 1988, p. 62). In other words, this problem requires social response in order to avoid violation of social norms and values. The nature of the problem lies in the fact that Black men and women are less likely to remain married than other minority groups, such as Hispanics and Asians. As a result, there is evidence that Black children have to live in sole-parent families. According to the statistical data, approximately 66% of Black

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