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ERIC Number: EJ686631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Dimensions of Family Functioning: Perspectives of Low-Income African American Single Parent Families
Mccreary, Linda L.; Dancy, Barbara L.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v66 n3 p690-701 Aug 2004
Family functioning is influenced by socio-economic status, culture, family structure, and developmental stage, and is assessed primarily using instruments developed for middle-income European American two-parent families. These instruments may not validly assess low-income African American single-parent families. This qualitative study was conducted to provide rich descriptions of families and family functioning in order to inform research on this under-represented group. Interviews were conducted with 20 low-income African American single mothers and 20 adult family members recruited from a large midwestern city. Content analysis revealed the essential dimensions of family functioning: Effective families provide emotional nurturing, communicate, do things together, help each other, and parent children appropriately.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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