The unit of a family is the most prominent essential for all of us. As social human beings, we seek social support in order to thrive, and that is where family comes into play. A family is where you receive love, support, encouragement, and many other social benefits. The total number of households in the United States increased from 63 million in 1970 to 113 million in 2008 (Weeks, 2012). The family has influenced multitudes of people in many ways. The traditional family in the United States consists two-married individuals providing care and stability for their biological offspring also know as the nuclear family. However, the term of a true family has ultimately changed over the last 50 years especially for African Americans. The research question is which family structure impacts and influences the most for African Americans.
James Stewart illustrates the African-American family structure as “an institution that interacts with other institution forming a social network” (Stewart, 1990). In his research, Ruggles mentioned that the modern black family has seen a change in tradition, where it has been viewed as predominantly single parent, specifically black matriarchy (Ruggles, 1994). It is also mentioned that in the US, African American women are disadvantaged compared to whites in terms of marital status. At every age, blacks are more likely to be either divorced or widowed than are other racial/ethnic groups (Weeks, 2012). In addition, as female-headed households increased and married-coupled household decreased; African American families were already headed by a female than are whites or Hispanic household at any time during between 1970 and 2000 (Ruggles, 1994.)
In her research, Niara Sudarkasa exhibited an...
... middle of paper ...
...cially in the urban, single, low-income African Americans (Kelch-Oliver, 2011). One of the ways to have an immediate impact for families going away from the traditional nuclear family is to implement the multigenerational relations within family (Bengtson, 2001). Kelch-Oliver (2011) explored in details by conducted a qualitative individual interviews with 14 African American grandchildren ages 10-16 and their 6 grandparent caregivers. The results showcased that not only the majority of grandchildren were content living with their grandparents but also they experienced adjustment issues in terms of family disruption and parental loss. In this study, the researcher had a very low sample size, so the results aren’t as generalized in terms of external validity. However, I would suggest increasing in sample size and also comparing to other parts of the United States.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- In the state of Connecticut, African Americans often fall victim to stigmas. These distinguishing characteristics are often social disapprovals that can negatively impact a persons when dealing with society. African American marriages are decreasing every year. In 1990, the percent of African Americans getting married were 7.9 percent, which is considerable high in comparison to 2012(please cite the source and study). In 2012, only 5.2 percent of families are married (please cite the source and study).... [tags: Family, African American, Sociology, Black people]
1704 words (4.9 pages)
- In the early eighteenth century, about three-quarters of the urban elite owned at least one slave. Throughout the eighteenth century, blacks risked their lives in effort to resist enslavement. By the mid eighteenth century, three slave systems in British North American had produced distinct African- American culture. In the Chesapeake, because of a more healthful culture. In the 17th and 18th centuries, some blacks gained their freedom, acquired property, and gained access to American society. Many moved to the North, where slavery, although still legal, was less of a presence.... [tags: Atlantic slave trade, Slavery, African slave trade]
954 words (2.7 pages)
- The portrayal of African American families has changed drastically since the 1950s. The media’s wide representation of African American families has varied from television and literature. The families differ in economic classes, generational differences and their sense of cultural heritage. Literary works such as Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Alice Walker’s Everyday Use depiction of families differs from television’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Blackish. Although they are all African American families, they each face different problems with society.... [tags: Family, African American, Social movement]
1367 words (3.9 pages)
- Being able to identify with a certain group has been an issue that individuals hesitate with daily. Am I Black, are you a girl, what religion do you practice. These are all common questions that society has forced individuals to concentrate on. Should an individual have to pick a side or is it relevant to the human race to identify with any group. One may believe not, but for others having and knowing one’s own identity is important, because it is something that they have been developing their entire life.... [tags: Sociology, African American, Race, Family]
1111 words (3.2 pages)
- The post world war two American family, was a very different family structure than had previously existed in America. They were not radically different in terms of power, but more in a terms of responsibilities held by its members. The family unit itself had different goals that every member work towards, but the children, wives and husbands of the families contributed in very different ways. Families during this time, main purpose and drive was to better their current lives as much as possible and to achieve their idea of the American dream (“Famous Landmark Documentary”).... [tags: Family, Marriage, Mother, Childhood]
1035 words (3 pages)
- The Davis family is facing multiple problems and has difficulties meeting the emotional needs of its family members. Recent events/crisis and the stresses associated with these events resulted in feelings of anxiety and poor communication between family members. This further impacts the family’s coping ability. An appropriate nursing diagnoses for this family is: Interrupted family processes related to vulnerability and dysfunctional behavior of family members. Setting mutual goals and proper interventions can help this family achieve a positive outcome and ensure the family’s wellbeing.... [tags: Family, African American, Extended family]
1184 words (3.4 pages)
- Examination 2 There are many black men and women who have contributed to the advancement of theatre in the African American community through acting, directing, playwriting, choreography and much more. Trailblazers such as, August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, and Pearl Cleage have all used theatre to change the way African Americans in theatre are viewed. Regina Taylor is also a part of this group. Taylor has greatly influenced the African American theatre community through her acting, playwriting, and directing.... [tags: Black people, African American, African diaspora]
1009 words (2.9 pages)
- “Leave it to Beaver” was a popular sitcom about a traditional nuclear family played out through the perspective of an adolescent boy whose curiosity and antics often got him into trouble (TV.com). Despite the show promoting positive family values, it also inadvertently shed light on a historically dark period of time in American history. One such instance was the lack of diversity on the show. Nearly 100% of the show’s characters were white throughout the six-season, 234 episode series. In the single episode that depicted an African-American, the character was a servant, further a reflection of the times when African-Americans where predominantly seen and treated as second-class citizens (L... [tags: Leave it to Beaver, Popular Sitcom, Nuclear Family]
901 words (2.6 pages)
- The mother will be affected because being an African American single mother, that already leads to half of the opportunities for any other race and gender. The mother is already at a disadvantage in receiving an education, financial support, and emotional support than other races. The whole “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” saying is quite irrelevant to these African American women. They have such a history of hard work in their past, and yet these single moms are treated inadequately. The idea of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps for a single African American mother would ideally mean getting an education because that is one of the main ways to increase your status.... [tags: Family, Mother, Parent, African American]
1559 words (4.5 pages)
- Over the course of approximately one-hundred years there has been a discernible metamorphosis within the realm of African-American cinema. African-Americans have overcome the heavy weight of oppression in forms such as of politics, citizenship and most importantly equal human rights. One of the most evident forms that were withheld from African-Americans came in the structure of the performing arts; specifically film. The common population did not allow blacks to drink from the same water fountain let alone share the same television waves or stage.... [tags: Culture African American Cinema Theater]
1967 words (5.6 pages)