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African-American Families

Historical And Cultural Influences On African-american Family Life, Contemporary Social Influences, African-american Families In The New Millennium

In 1998, there were approximately 8.4 million African-American households in the United States. With a total population of approximately 34.5 million, African Americans made up 13 percent of the population of U.S. families. African-American families are not very different from other U.S. families; they, too, are chiefly responsible for the care and development of children. However, African-American family life has several distinctive features related to the timing and approaches to marriage and family formation, gender roles, parenting styles, and strategies for coping with adversity.

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Marriage and Family EncyclopediaMarriage: Cultural Aspects