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African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families

An Introduction

By Patricia Dixon

© 2007 – Routledge

300 pages

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African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families is a historically and culturally centered text designed for relationship, marriage and family educators and therapists who work with African American singles and couples. Complete with numerous exercises, the book helps singles and couples increase their self-awareness, partner awareness and respect, and appreciation for difference. It also helps foster effective communication and conflict resolution skills, showing readers how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, marriages, and families. No ground is left uncovered in Dixon’s thoughtful and considered analysis.


"Dixon’s text may well become the text on African American relationships, marriages, and families. It not only reviews the historical/social context of contemporary relationships for the academic but provides numerous end-of-chapter exercises for personal exploration the clinician might recommend for clients."

- David Knox, Ph.D., co-author with Caroline Schacht of Choices in Relationships (9th edition)

"Patricia Dixon’s African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families, is a highly distinguished work of scholarship, providing the best discussion of African American relationships to date. I believe that Dixon’s work will become a standard that will be read by all of those who sincerely want to understand the African American way of relationships, marriage, and families."

- Molefi Kete Asante, author of Erasing Racism: The Survival of the American Nation and The Afrocentric Idea

"Patricia Dixon’s masterful, comprehensive work should be read by all who work with African American couples. We intend to use it with our team of marriage educators who serve the African American community in the Archdiocese of Chicago. It will better equip us to take our ministry even deeper."

- Andrew Lyke, Coordinator of Marriage Ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago

Table of Contents

Introduction. African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families in Cultural Perspective: Understanding African American Relationships, Marriages and Families. African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families in Historical Perspective. Feminized Men and Masculinized Women?: Gender. What’s Love Got to Do With It?: Love, Attachment, and Life Cycle Changes. “Queen Mother” to Mammy, Matriarch, “Hoochie” and “Ho”: Dilemmas of African American Womanhood. “Prince of Gods and Men” to Uncle Tom, Coon, Pimp, and Player: The Dilemmas of African American Manhood. Soul Mates or Soul Misfits? Dating and Choosing a Partner. Sexual Healing. TLC: Talking and Listening with Care. Money Matters. Soul Food or Slave Food?: A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Relationship. The Spiritual Journey. References. Index.

About the Author

Patricia Dixon, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University. Prior to this position, she served as visiting lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. She is past executive director of the National Council for Black Studies and founder and director of the National African American Relationships Institute (NAARI). Dr. Dixon has been an invited speaker and presenter at several conferences, has served on several boards, and has been a featured guest on radio and television talk shows

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies