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.
Chapter 12: African American Female-Headed Households: Some Neglected Dimensions1
African American Female-Headed Households: Some Neglected Dimensions1
There has been considerable speculation and misinformation in the scholarly literature as well as in the popular media about the causes and consequences of female-headed households among African Americans. Amid the confusion and controversy, over the years, policy makers have proposed and developed various “solutions” to the “problems” supposedly embodied in and engendered by black families headed by women. Such solutions have been well intentioned but often misguided because they attempted to address problems and issues that were only half understood. A sound analysis is not only relevant to the formulation of policy, it is indispensable to it. If we are to develop a program of action to assist female-headed households, we ...