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dc.contributor.authorAllen-Benton, Linda Leeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-08-06T16:01:38Z
dc.date.available2011-08-06T16:01:38Z
dc.date.issued2004-05-07en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-05202004-134823en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/9952
dc.description.abstractThe 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.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectmate selectionen_US
dc.subjectdating experiencesen_US
dc.subjectthe black churchen_US
dc.subjectmarriageen_US
dc.subjectwomenen_US
dc.subjectblack familiesen_US
dc.subjectAfrican americansen_US
dc.subjectspiritualityen_US
dc.titleUnderstanding How Young High Functioning African American Women Perceive Marriage and Their Thoughts About Remaining Singleen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
dc.description.degreeMSen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRosen, Karen H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberStith, Sandra M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMcCollum, Eric E.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-05202004-134823en_US
dc.date.sdate2004-05-20en_US
dc.date.rdate2004-06-02
dc.date.adate2004-06-02en_US


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