Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Generation X: Sustaining Black Marriages
by Wilson, Nekeia M., Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago), 2019, 202; 13895776
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vincson, Jacquelyn
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
Publication Number: 13895776
ISBN: 9798662416123
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