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.

In Search of Love and Commitment: Dealing with the Challenging Odds of Finding Romance

In search of love and commitment: Dealing with the challenging odds of finding romance
Audrey B.Chapman

Most recently there has been more focus in the Republican Party on developing a national marriage initiative (Lehmann 2006). Some politicians believe that if African Americans were better prepared for permanent unions and if single individuals were given more incentive to marry, there would be fewer single mothers and “deadbeat” fathers nationwide. America would have a healthier next generation with children growing up within intact families.

The major reason African Americans do not rush to get married is economics, according to many African Americans of both sexes (Jarrett 1994), but some women suggest it is the low ratio ...

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