Ten same-race African American Generation X couples provide an underrepresented perspective on marriage and longevity beyond 10 years of marriage. This qualitative grounded theory study aimed to provide an explanation about what factors aid in sustaining marriage despite the statistics of high divorce and single-parent households in the Black community. The subjective meaning of the participants’ experiences in marriage were revealed through intensive interviewing with the couples together and separately. Factors of sustainability and common themes such as “Marriage is Work” surfaced during the interview process. Love, morals/values, and partnership emerged as key factors of sustainability in marriage. The results are explored and understood from within the historical, social, and cultural contexts from which the participants were born, raised, and live. The couples in this study use supports and apply strategies to maintain their marriages which could lower the divorce rate, thus improving marriage and family outcomes for the African American Generation X population.
|Commitee:||Lampe, James, Roldan, Ida, Goedert, Mead, Thomas, Boris|
|School:||Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)|
|Department:||Clinical Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/1(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Individual & family studies, African American Studies|
|Keywords:||Generation X, African American, Black, Marriage|
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