ERIC Number: ED074190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Strengths of Black Families.
Hill, Robert B.
This report identifies and analyzes five strengths of black families: adaptability roles, strong kinship bonds, strong work orientation, strong religious orientation, and achievement orientation. These five characteristics have been functional for the survival, advancement, and stability of black families. Most discussions of black families tend to focus on indicators of instability and weakness. This preoccupation with pathology in most research on black families has obscured some fruitful avenues of investigation. It is here contended that examining the strengths of black families can contribute as much towards understanding and ameliorating social problems as examining their weaknesses. If, as most scholars agree, there is a need to strengthen black families, then a first-order priority should be the identification of presently-existing strengths and resources. The National Urban League recognized this need three years ago when it issued a position statement on black families based on the work of Dr. Andrew Billingsley. Among the major findings from this report is that, contrary to the widespread belief in a "matriarchy" among blacks, most black families, whether low-income or not, are characterized by an equalitarian pattern in which neither spouse dominates, but shares decision-making and the performance of expected tasks. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Achievement Need, Black Institutions, Black Mothers, Child Care, Family Characteristics, Family Financial Resources, Family Life, Family Problems, Family Role, Family Structure, Goal Orientation, Grandparents, Religious Factors, Social Adjustment, Work Attitudes
Emerson Hall Publishers, Inc., 209 W. 97 Street, New York, N.Y. 10025 ($1.95)
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Authoring Institution: National Urban League, Inc., New York, NY.