More than 70% of Black women are unmarried, according to the 2010 census.
[SIZE=7]Why Black Women Are Disproportionately Single: A Qualitative Study[/SIZE]
Marriage uniquely offers benefits in physical, psychological, and financial well-being. Children raised in marriage-based households also exhibit more favorable developmental outcomes over time. For many Black adults who do wish to marry, marriage seems an elusive goal . They are not turning away from marriage; on the contrary, members of the Black community still respect the institution of marriage and its symbolic value Given that stable, satisfying marriages have been associated with positive outcomes, single Black women may not be reaping the rewards that marriage offers. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore reasons that Black women are disproportionately single.
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[SIZE=5]There are 91 Black males per 100 Black females[/SIZE]. Available Black females outnumber Black males as a result of mortality, morbidity, and imprisonment among Black males and increased longevity for Black females When there are more women than men, the likelihood of marriage for women is poorer The availability of mates in the marriage market affects the likelihood of marital formation and longevity.
In marriage markets where women are outnumbered by men, men can be more selective when choosing a mate and exert more leverage in romantic ties, using their influence to control relationship formation and duration. The imbalance of males to females is further exacerbated by the increased likelihood that Black men will marry someone of another race (as compared to Black women) :D:D:D:D hawataki nyeuthi wenzao, thereby further reducing the number of marriageable Black males available to wed Black females.
Research suggests that slavery in the U.S. and its consequences explain some of the challenges in relationship formation and maintenance between Black men and women today. This confusion in the gender roles between Black men and women can be traced to fluidity in gender roles between the two genders; gender roles were flexible out of economic necessity. Relational challenges, negative orientations and attitudes, and difficult interactional styles between Black men and Black women were [COLOR=rgb(226, 80, 65)]passed on to younger generations through socialization. (feminazi chieth is a long-term disease without cure that keeps metastasizing until it kills society.)
Gender relations between Black men and Black women have been characterized as tense; as such, various manifestations may have resulted in generalized distrust, an inability to effectively communicate with one another, and navigating non-complementary gender roles “[SIZE=5]A Black woman may feel that her Black man is supposed to assume a dominant role, but she also may be inclined to exhibit behaviors that are opposed to his dominance and her sub ordinance” [/SIZE].
In addition, the spirit of independence :D:D:D:Dand a sense of personal rights among Black women, may strain couple relationships between Black men and Black women . Moreover, these relational dispositions may challenge a Black woman’s ability to establish a long-term, interdependent, committed relationship with a Black man. In addition to gender relations, another micro-level factor to consider relates to interpersonal trust, which we address next.
Interpersonal trust, defined as one’s expectation of the predictability and dependability of another’s actions, words, or written statements, is a critical aspect of forming and maintaining intimate ties. Scholars underscore the salience of interpersonal trust in studies of Black relationships. For example, women’s distrust of men was linked to their relationship histories; (excessive bodycount ya rugby team mzima:D:D[SIZE=1]am looking at you @TrumanCapote[/SIZE] ) firsthand experiences with infidelity, financial irresponsibility, and desertion led women to be wary of men documented Black women’s distrust of men and their doubts of men’s commitment to family life and ability to maintain stable employment.
Women’s distrust of men contributed to their pessimism about having a satisfying marriage. In sum, though many women desire to marry, relational concerns about whether men can be trusted create anxieties about entering long-term unions like marriage.