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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.

The Significant Other: Type and Mode of Influence in the Lives of Black Families
The significant other: Type and mode of influence in the lives of black families
WilhelminaManns

In a world that is increasingly technologically driven, wherein much of human commerce is mediated by and through electronic devices and robotic machines, it is critical that we understand the importance of the human connection in the socialization process of members of the family. Paramount to that process of all human beings is a specific type of human connection—that with the significant other. This particular human connection has added significance in the socialization of members of the black family because of their minority status—a status which continues to include subjection to impervious racism. Oliver and Shapiro ([1995] 2003), ...

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