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ERIC Number: ED014505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 20
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Reference Count: 0
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THE RESTORATION OF THE LOWER CLASS MALE AS HOUSEHOLD HEAD--SUPPORT FOR THE MOYNIHAN THESIS.
ALDOUS, JOAN
FOR THE LOWER CLASS NEGRO MALE TO BE RESTORED AS HOUSEHOLD HEAD, AS THE MOYNIHAN REPORT RECOMMENDS, HE MUST OBTAIN EMPLOYMENT WHICH PERMITS HIM TO BE THE ONLY FAMILY BREADWINNER. CONSIDERING THE DISTINCTIVE HISTORICAL CIRCUMSTANCES THAT THE NEGRO FAMILY HAS HAD TO FACE, AND THE WEAKENING EFFECTS OF ITS MATRIARCHAL ORIENTATION, AMONG NEGROES FEMALE CONTENTION FOR THIS TRADITIONALLY MASCULINE ROLE OF BREADWINNER HAS ESPECIALLY NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS. TO STUDY THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A MAN'S POSITION AS WAGE EARNER AND HIS FAMILY PARTICIPATION, INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED WITH 122 WHITE, AND 46 NEGRO, LOW-INCOME MARRIED MALES LIVING WITH THEIR FAMILIES. THE INTERVIEWS REVEALED THAT, ALTHOUGH NO SUCH SYSTEMATIC TREND EMERGES FOR THE WHITE GROUP, AMONG THE NEGRO SAMPLE GROUPS THERE IS A NEGATIVE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE WIFE'S EMPLOYMENT AND THE HUSBAND-FATHER'S PARTICIPATION IN THE FAMILY. EXPERIMENTAL CONTROL OF POSSIBLE CONFOUNDING FACTORS SUCH AS FAMILY SIZE, AGE OF YOUNGEST CHILD, AND SIZE OF HUSBAND'S INCOME DID NOT SIGNIFICANTLY REVERSE THIS TREND, ALTHOUGH IN LARGE NEGRO FAMILIES THE MALE DID PARTICIPATE MORE, CONVERSE WITH HIS WIFE MORE FREQUENTLY ABOUT FAMILY PROBLEMS, AND BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN FAMILY DECISION-MAKING. FAMILY SIZE SIMILARLY AFFECTED THE WHITE MALE'S ACCEPTING OF HIS HUSBAND-FATHER RESPONSIBILITIES. IN GENERAL, HOWEVER, THERE WAS NO CONSISTENT TENDENCY FOR THE WHITE FAMILY, WITH ITS HISTORICAL PATTERN OF MALE DOMINANCE, TO BE SIGNIFICANTLY AFFECTED BY THE WIFE-MOTHER'S EMPLOYMENT. (LB)
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Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Minneapolis); MOYNIHAN REPORT