"It is six women, but it is their lives, it is their lives": black women's voices about the experience of singlehood

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dc.contributor.author Barros Abreu Gomes, Patricia Cristina Monteiro De
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-21T20:48:52Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-21T20:48:52Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14982
dc.description.abstract There has been a decline in marriage rates in the U.S., with Black persons showing the lowest numbers in relation to other racial groups. Unlike previous generations where marriage was associated with a sense of familism, today marriage is associated with individual growth and the creation of a fulfilling relationship. To better understand how single Black women manage the tension between individuality and togetherness, a phenomenological study was conducted to explore the lived experience of singlehood of six Black women. Findings support Knudson-Martin‟s (1996) reframed concept of differentiation and previous studies pertaining to family and community values' influence on perspectives about gendered roles in marriage. Gendered power imbalance appears to be a main contributor to ambivalence about marriage although marriage remained to be valued and desired. Findings can prevent helping professionals from imposing our socialized worldview that values intact families, marriage, and gendered power equity on single Black clients. Clinical and research implications are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Black women en_US
dc.subject Singlehood en_US
dc.subject Differentiation en_US
dc.title "It is six women, but it is their lives, it is their lives": black women's voices about the experience of singlehood en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Family Studies and Human Services - Marriage and Family Therapy en_US
dc.description.advisor Joyce Baptist en_US
dc.subject.umi African American Studies (0296) en_US
dc.subject.umi Gender Studies (0733) en_US
dc.subject.umi Women's Studies (0453) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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