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ERIC Number: ED370068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 19
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Effective Coping Strategies Employed in African-American Relationships.
Washington, Novella Channell
Living in a society that is quick to label and condemn, has been, and continues to be a source of pain for African-Americans. However, society's microscope has for sometime had a one dimensional lens, particularly when examining the coping styles of African-American male-female relationships within the African-American family. There exists a great need to study African-American relationships, but it is necessary to point out the strengths in these relationships instead of focusing and magnifying the negative, which may result from culturally inappropriate interpretations of the data. Following a review of the literature findings are discussed and critically analyzed in an attempt to bring to the forefront of African-American male-female relationships variables that have allowed them to survive and prosper. Researchers have noticed the need to look at positive coping styles, as new research is beginning to appear that looks at this trend in relationships, as well as the relationship of external factors in reported dysfunctions and dissatisfactions in an attempt to empower those individuals who still believe in positive male/female relationships in the African-American family. Taylor (1990) found that marital satisfaction and dissatisfaction among African-Americans depended on the amount of internalized racism of the individuals. This has major implications for understanding some problems with these relationships and also provides a different focus for therapy. This paper will focus on locating strengths of African-Americans relationships. Attention will be given to alternative methods of interpreting behaviors previously mislabeled as ineffective, and world view will be introduced as a variable to consider when discussing coping and relationship satisfaction. This will be done in order to provide researchers needed information in the continued exploration of African-American male-female relationships. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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