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.
Part VI: African American Gender Relations
Robert Staples gives an overview of race and marital status and their effect on Black families. He provides a historical explanation for the present relationship between Black males and females. He explains some of the unique patterns that are often found. The egalitarian relationship between Black men and women, the role overload of women, and the greater independence of Black women within families stem from historical and financial causes. They may have implications for marriage relations. Regardless of these pressures, African Americans are strongly committed to marriage.
Audrey B. Chapman explores relationships between Black men and women in the United States. These relationships, both inside and outside of marriage, are an area of growing concern. Currently, couples head only ...