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African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families

An Introduction, 2nd Edition

By Patricia Dixon


337 pages

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African American Relationships, Marriages, and Families, Second Edition is a historically and culturally centered research-based text designed for use in undergraduate, graduate, and community-based courses on African American relationships, marriages, and families. Complete with numerous exercises, this volume can be used by current and future helping professionals to guide singles and couples by increasing single and partner-awareness, and respect and appreciation for difference. In addition, singles and couples learn skills for effective communication and conflict resolution and ultimately how to develop and maintain healthy relationships, marriages, and families. This second edition includes updates and revisions to current chapters and also features two new chapters: one on parenting and one on same-gender loving/LGBTQ.


“Dr. Dixon’s 2nd ed is a state of the art masterpiece on African-American relationships, marriages, and families for teachers, researchers, and clinicians. Thoroughly researched, the author explains current phenomena through a historical/cultural lens. While the purpose of the book is to be used as a tool for pre-marriage education and counseling, it is a must read for all who would understand African American relationships.”—David Knox, PhD, professor, East Carolina University

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. In Cultural Perspective 2. In Historical Perspective 3. Gender 4. Love 5. African American Women 6. African American Men 7. Dating and Choosing a Partner 8. Sexuality 9. Communication and Conflict Resolution 10. Money Matters 11. Healthy Dieting 12. Parenting 13. LGBT/Same-Gender Loving 14. The Spiritual Journey References Index

About the Author

Patricia Dixon, PhD, is retired associate professor of African American Studies at Georgia State University. She has over 20 years of experience as a relationships educator and coach, is the creator of the African American Relationships and Marriage Strengthening curriculum (AARMS) and has a blog at

Subject Categories

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