ERIC Number: ED196985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
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Social Mobility and the Single Black Woman: Perspectives on Marital Options and Limits.
An examination was made of the antecedents to singlehood for black women, based upon questionnaire and interview data from a larger study of 56 black women who graduated from predominantly white colleges in a northeastern city between 1968 and 1970. During the past few decades, researchers have found that a high percentage of educated black women have remarried. In this study, social class background was found to be an important variable in differentiating within the group. Both middle class and lower middle class parents value educational attainment, but vary in the degree to which they stress marriage. The participants in this study who came from middle class homes were expected to integrate careers with family life, while the upwardly mobile women from lower middle class backgrounds had parents who focused on education to the exclusion of other goals. It is concluded that since the process of social mobility necessitates concentrating on adjusting to new environments and styles of interaction, black women from lower middle class families were forced to postpone marriage. Findings suggest that social class is also an important variable in the study of singlehood among other groups. (Author/MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Revision of a paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (San Francisco, CA, September 4, 1978).