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ERIC Number: ED315716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug-13
Pages: 20
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The Decline of Marriage among African Americans: Attitudinal Dimensions.
Tucker, M. Belinda; Mitchell-Kernan, Claudia
The structure of the "American family" has undergone dramatic change in recent times. This study examined the differential relationship between perceived mate availability and aggregate assessments of sex-ratio in broadly distinctive socio-cultural groupings to determine whether the primary theoretical conceptualizations concerning the role of mate availability are differentially relevant for those groups. One-half of the contents of the 1989 Southern California Social Survey (SCSS) was devoted to the issue of mate availability and its attitudinal and psychological correlates. The sample consisted of adults (N=1,116) with Blacks and Latinos oversampled to provide numbers sufficient for analytical purposes. Two indicators of perceived mate availability were used: perceived availability of the opposite sex and perceived sex ratio. A series of items concerning factors considered by the respondent to be important for a successful marriage were asked. The results suggest that the roots of African American marital decline are more likely to be structural, rather than the result of the devaluing of the institution of marriage. Economic as well as demographic indicators were salient for Blacks. Although multivariate analysis did not provide support for the primacy of economic indicators for Latino marital behavior and expectations, the bivariate comparisons indicated a very dominant male concern with economic readiness for marriage. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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