ERIC Number: ED240452
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Marital Status and Life Satisfaction of Black Men.
Ball, Richard E.; Robbins, Lynn
Research on black families in the United States consistently has neglected the black man. To investigate the relationship between marital status and life satisfaction among black men, 253 black adult men from a sociodemographically representative sample of central Florida were interviewed using the Cantril Self-Anchoring Striving Scale. Information on health, socioeconomic status (SES), age, and social participation was also gathered. An analysis of the results showed that married black men were significantly less satisfied than unmarried men, including separated ones. Men with higher SES and those who felt they were in better health were more satisfied than their lower SES and less healthy counterparts, but overall dissatisfaction remained present. When controlling the other variables, age was significantly and positively related to satisfaction, with younger adults being least satisfied. It may be that the problems resulting from discrimination have led black men to have low expectations for marriage; this, and other factors such as the educational and sex-ratio disparities between black men and women, may have long-lasting impact on the black family. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; Ferris State Coll., Big Rapids, MI.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983).