Married Black men's opinions as to why Black women are disproportionately single: A qualitative study

Tera R. Hurt, Stacey E. McElroy, Kameron J. Sheats, Antoinette M. Landor, Chalandra M. Bryant

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Abstract

This study's purpose was to explore the reasons Black women are disproportionately single according to the unique viewpoint of married Black men. The sample comprises 52 married Black men who resided in northeast Georgia (mean age=43). Qualitative interviews were conducted in 2010 as part of the Pathways to Marriage study. The authors analyzed the data in a collaborative fashion and utilized content analyses to explore the relationships in the data, which were derived from qualitative interviews with the men. Findings on the reasons for the disproportionality of singlehood among Black women reflected these four themes: gender relations, marriage education and socialization, individual development, and a preference for gay/lesbian relationships. Recommendations for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-109
Number of pages22
JournalPersonal Relationships
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

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