Black Intimacies Matter: the Role of Family Status, Gender, and Cumulative Risk on Relationship Quality Among Black Parents

Deadric T. Williams, Laura Simon, Marissa Cardwell

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Abstract

Studies show that married families report higher levels of relationship quality relative to unmarried families; yet, limited attention has been given to differences in relationship quality between married and unmarried Black families. The authors examined the interplay between family status, gender, and cumulative risk exposure on relationship quality among Black parents. The results suggest that (a) differences between married and unmarried parents only emerged on two measures of relationship quality, (b) married mothers report higher levels of cohesiveness and lower levels of distress compared to married fathers and unmarried parents; (c) cumulative risk exposure was associated with each relationship quality measure; (d) cumulative risk mediated differences in relationship quality between married and unmarried mothers but not for married and unmarried fathers; and (e) cumulative risk exposure moderated the association between family status and gender whereby the effect of cumulative risk on relationship quality was more detrimental for married mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of African American Studies
Volume23
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 2019

Keywords

  • Black parents
  • Cumulative risk
  • Family status
  • Gender
  • Intersectionality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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