Families consist of members with very different perspectives, needs, obligations, and resources.
History[ edit ] According to data extracted from U. Census manuscripts, compared to White women, Black women were more likely to become teenage mothers, stay single and have marriage instability, and were thus much more likely to live in female-headed single-parent homes.
The Case For National Action". Census reports reveal that betweenmarried households consisting of two-parent homes were the most widespread form of African-American family structures. Single-parent homes, on the other hand, remained relatively stable until ; when they rose dramatically.
Census data from reveal that more African-American families consisted of single mothers than married households Changes in the family structure both parents. African-American families at a glance[ edit ] African-American nuclear families[ edit ] Andrew Billingsley's research on the African-American nuclear family is organized into three groups: The African-American segmented nuclear I unmarried mother and children and II unmarried father and children family structures are defined as a parent—child relationship.
Billingsley's research found that the extended family structure is predominantly in the segmented I sub-structured families. This structure also has the incipient, simple, segmented I, and segmented II sub-structures.
But family structure, like society at large, has undergone significant changes in the years since World War II. While the nuclear family -- with Dad, Mom, and offspring happily coexisting beneath one roof-remains the ideal, variations in family structure are plentiful -- and often successful. Children handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A routine allows children to feel safe and develop a sense of mastery in handling life. The traditional family structure in the United States is considered a family support system involving two married individuals providing care and stability for their biological offspring. Over time, the traditional structure has had to adapt to very influential changes, including divorce and the introduction of single-parent families.
This non-family household contains no relatives. Franklin Frazier has described the current African-American family structure as having two models, one in which the father is viewed as a patriarch and the sole breadwinner, and one where the mother takes on a matriarchal role in the place of a fragmented household.
This full-time job of household responsibilities is often the second job that an African-American woman takes on. Wilson also notes that this responsibility that the mother has in the married family determines the life satisfaction of the family as a whole.
According to Brown, this lack of a second party income has resulted in the majority of African American children raised in single mother households having a poor upbringing.
Spencer's research also concludes that African-American children have become subject to inconsistencies in society based on their skin color. According to Jones, the reason these extended family members are included in having a necessary role in the family is because they play a key role in assuring the health and well-being of the children.
Some researchers theorize that the low economic statuses of the newly freed slaves in led to the current family structure for African Americans. These researchers suggest that extreme poverty has increased the destabilization of African American families while others point to high female labor participation, few job opportunities for black males, and small differences between wages for men and women that have decreased marriage stability for black families.
Rather, in an census, there was a positive relationship between the number of black single-parent homes and per-capita county wealth. Traditional African influences[ edit ] Other explanations incorporate social mechanisms for the specific patterns of the African American family structure.
Some researchers point to differences in norms regarding the need to live with a spouse and with children for African-Americans. Patterns seen in traditional African cultures are also considered a source for the current trends in single-parent homes.
As noted by Antonio McDaniel, the reliance of African-American families on kinship networks for financial, emotional, and social support can be traced back to African cultures, where the emphasis was on extended families, rather than the nuclear family. As a result, slaves were culturally adaptive and formed family structures that best suit their environment and situation.
Great Society and Social programs in the United States The American economists Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell argue that the significant expansion of federal welfare under the Great Society programs beginning in the s contributed to the destruction of African American families.
Thus, the number of single-parent homes has risen dramatically for black women. For African American women, the marriage rate increases with age compared to White Americans who follow the same trends but marry at younger ages than African Americans.
One type of marriage that has declined is the shotgun marriage. While the trend is the same for both African Americans and White Americans, with at least half of marriages for the two groups ending in divorce, the rate of divorce tends to be consistently higher for African Americans. Overall, African Americans are married at a later age, spend less time married and are more likely to be divorced than White Americans.
The decline in social stigma of divorce has led to a decrease in the number of legal barriers of getting a divorce, thus making it easier for couples to divorce. Racial inequality in the American criminal justice system In an estimated 4.
Bureau of Justice Statistics. Imbalanced sex ratios have been cited as one of these barriers since the late nineteenth century, where Census data shows that inthere were 99 black males for every black females within the population.
The incarceration rate for African American males is 3, out ofcompared to perWhite American males.Handling Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants A BENCHGUIDE FOR JUDICIAL OFFICERS JANUARY A Benchguide for Judicial Officers January The purpose of this study was to investigate the nature of changes in the structure and functions of the family, using Zimbabwe as a point of departure.
The paper provides a brief overview of the research literature on the impacts of family structure and family change on child outcomes, with a particular focus on parental separation.
It takes as a starting point the existence of pervasive associations between family change and child outcomes and addresses a range of issues that are examined .
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The traditional family structure in the United States is considered a family support system involving two married individuals providing care and stability for their biological offspring. However, this two-parent, nuclear family has become less prevalent, and alternative family forms have become more common.
The family is created at birth and establishes ties across generations. The family structure of African-Americans has long been a matter of national public policy interest. A report by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, known as The Moynihan Report, examined the link between black poverty and family structure.
It hypothesized that the destruction of the Black nuclear family structure would hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.