By looking at a variety of racial and ethnic groups in society, Social Work, Marriage and Ethnicity examines the conventional knowledge, theories and best practices relating to marriages. Contributors address marriage interventions, female empowerment, parenting, and cohabitation, as well as the variables which impact these situations, such as employment, housing, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS, within appropriate and meaningful cultural contexts.
This book will be particularly useful for social workers working in many settings: clinical, community, research, policy implementation, faith-based, and other arenas that are available to couples in need of marital support. Marriage issues need to be addressed by social workers, given its status as a vital element in family strengthening and relationship stability. This book emboldens the case manager, community organizer, or immigration officer to address marital stresses and the demands faced by those couples most impacted by systemic inequality and barriers to cultural interventions. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
Table of Contents
1. Social Work, Marriage, and Ethnicity: Policy and Practice Colita Nichols Fairfax
2. Strengthening American Indian Couples’ Relationship Quality to Improve Parenting Gordon E. Limb, Cindy White and Magen Holgate
3. In Circle: A Healthy Relationship, Domestic Violence, and HIV Intervention for African American Couples Tricia Bent-Goodley
4. Arab American Marriage: Culture, Tradition, Religion, and the Social Worker Alean Al-Krenawi and Stephen O. Jackson
5. Teenage Marriage among Hmong American Women Pa Der Vang and Pa Her
6. Puerto Rican Intergroup Marriage and Residential Segregation in the U.S.: A Multilevel Analysis of Structural, Cultural, and Economic Factors Anthony De Jesús, Giovani Burgos, Melissa Almenas and William Velez
7. Transnational Vietnamese American Marriages in the New Land Peter Nguyen
8. "First Train Out": Marriage and Cohabitation in the Context of Poverty, Deprivation, and Trauma Naomi Farber and Julie E. Miller-Cribbs
9. African American Marital Satisfaction as a Function of Work-Family Balance and Work-Family Conflict and Implications for Social Workers Noelle M. St. Vil
10. American Indian Perceptions of Paternal Responsibility Gordon E. Limb and Jerilyn Tobler
11. Single Parenting in the African American Community: Implications for Public Policy and Practice Ingrid Phillips Whitaker, Mark M. Whitaker and Kanata Jackson
Colita Nichols Fairfax is an Associate Professor, Honors College Liaison, and Nationally Certified Online Instructor in the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. Her major research interests include community theories, practice models, and policy analysis in areas of marriage, development and mobilization strategies.