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 Roles of African American Fathers in the Socialization of Their Children

The roles of African American fathers in the socialization of their children
Jonathan N.Livingston and John L.McAdoo

In our society, fatherhood is becoming more nebulous and difficult to define. We are now witnessing a fatherless America … a culture where fathers do not exist, where their roles have become unclear, and institutions have attempted to fill their void.

—Kunjufu (2002)

Since the 1960s, a considerable amount of research has been conducted on socialization, fathering, and the role and importance of men in nurturing children; however, there still exists a need to bring clarity to the roles that Black fathers have in rearing their children, given the tremendous economic shifts and the changing nature of marriage in the ...

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