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Family interactions assume an essential role in creating relationships. Family can be defined in many ways however it contains a basic social unit of people. As an institution, the family provides socialization and support for its members.
Recognizing the importance of alternative family factors based on strength and the more recent recognition of at-risk behaviors on family dynamics have a ificant impact on morbidity and mortality of health and mental well-being on the population under study.
Examining the socio-cultural factors for family dynamics continues to be a missing component for diagnostic evaluation of health and mental care conditions.
It is the purpose of this chapter to explain and expand on how African American women and LGBTQ couples relate to and create family dynamics and romantic relationships; specifically it investigates the influential impact of kinship support, the role of the sandwich generation and the occupation of the African American woman as a primary caregiver. Initially, an overall general discussion on the historical structure of the African American family will be provided. Lastly, the integration of two theories including Attachment and Intersectional Theories will be used to discuss romance and family relationships of African American women.
In this chapter, the term African American and Black will be used interchangeably.
In discussing this population, we are referring to individuals who are part of the African diaspora or descendants of Africans who, some four centuries ago, were enslaved, transported and dispersed to various parts of the world Lashley, Add to Cart. Instant access upon order completion. Free Content.
More Information. Silton, IGI Global,pp. Lashley, M. Silton Ed. IGI Global. Available In. DOI: Current Special Offers. No Current Special Offers. Abstract Family interactions play a central role in creating relationships. The dynamic roles of intersectionality and biopsychosocial factors including culture, race, gender and environments stimulate the synergistic effects of relationships. Sociocultural contexts provide meaning to individual lives. The mechanisms within a family dynamic impact the formation of life decisions and overall health, spiritual and mental well-being.
The purpose of this chapter is to explain and expand on how many African American women and LGBTQ couples create and interpret family dynamics and romantic relationships; specifically investigating the influential impact of kinship support, the role of the sandwich generation and the occupation of the Black woman as a primary caregiver.
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