Following the success of its best-selling predecessors, the Fourth Edition of Harriette Pipes McAdoo's Black Families retains several now classic contributions while including updated versions of earlier chapters and many entirely new chapters. The goal through each revision of this core text has been to compile a book that focuses on positive dimensions of African American families. The book remains the most complete assessment of black families available in both depth and breadth of coverage. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the book boasts contributions from such fields as family studies, anthropology, education, psychology, social work, and public policy.

Socialization within African American Families
Socialization within African American families

Marie Ferguson Peters shows how early research in this area is descriptive and uses a comparative deficit-oriented approach. More recent research has become more value-free, using an ecological approach. She points out the major contributions made by various researchers and critiques the weaknesses of several authors. Many family studies have not mentioned race, others have focused only on the mother-child relationship or have used simplistic correlations and have excluded possible influences of other factors. The author addresses the blurring of sex-type roles in the family tasks of both adults and children.

Jonathan Livingston presents an exploration of the socialization of fathers based on the work originally done by John McAdoo. Earlier research on the socialization of children ...

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