Title page for ETD etd-05202004-134823


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Allen-Benton, Linda Lee
Author's Email Address allenbenton@usa.net
URN etd-05202004-134823
Title Understanding How Young High Functioning African American Women Perceive Marriage and Their Thoughts About Remaining Single
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Rosen, Karen H. Committee Chair
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Member
Stith, Sandra M. Committee Member
Keywords
  • mate selection
  • dating experiences
  • the black church
  • marriage
  • women
  • black families
  • African americans
  • spirituality
Date of Defense 2004-05-06
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
UNDERSTANDING HOW YOUNG HIGH FUNCTIONING AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN PERCEIVE MARRIAGE AND THEIR THOUGHTS ABOUT REMAINING SINGLE

By Linda Lee Allen-Benton

Dr. Karen H. Rosen, Chairperson

(ABSTRACT)

The number of African American women who have never married has increased significantly. This is an ethnographic study of eight Young High Functioning (YHF) African American women from the Washington, D.C. and New York City metropolitan areas. Six of the women participated in focus groups and two were individually interviewed to understand how they perceive marriage and their thoughts about being single. YHF is defined as women who are 25-35 years old, have at least a bachelor’s degree and make at least $35,000. All of the eight women had never married. The six major themes that emerged in the course of the study were: perceptions of marriage, expectations for balancing work and family, criteria for a perfect mate, dating experiences, the African American family and spirituality. While much of the literature on the decline in marriage among African Americans focuses on the sex ratio of males to females, these YHF African American women were much more concerned about the eligibility of the men in the dating pool than the ratio of males to females. They are looking for mates who share their core values of spirituality, goal oriented, family oriented and they are looking for supportive partners.

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