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Residential Stability, Social Capital And Parenting Quality Among African-American Mothers , Gail Wallace Jan 2006

Residential Stability, Social Capital And Parenting Quality Among African-American Mothers , Gail Wallace

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study examines neighborhood characteristics as predictors of parenting quality among African-American mothers. Drawing upon Wilson's (1996) ideas of how community conditions affect the urban poor, I examined protective qualities of community life including residential stability and social capital. I examined social capital in two separate social fields based on Wilkinson's (1970) field theory approach to community development. These two separate fields, community and organizational social capital were tested as predictors of African-American mothers' psychological well-being and parenting quality;Among the 759 African-American mothers who participated in this study, high residential stability significantly predicted community social capital but ...


The Middle-Class African American Home: Its Objects And Their Meanings , Carol Lynnette Hall Jan 2004

The Middle-Class African American Home: Its Objects And Their Meanings , Carol Lynnette Hall

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to explore the sense of self middle-class African American families convey in their homes, how they express themselves and construct their identities through objects in their homes, including textile-related objects, and the meanings these objects hold for them. This phenomenon was explored through a constructivist, interpretive paradigm approach.;Data was collected from nine married couples in the form of long interviews that were audiotaped, videotapes and photographs of their homes and objects within them. The data were interpreted using case study and grounded theory approaches that allowed the researcher to understand the meanings of ...


An Ecological Assessment Of Neighborhood, Family, Peer, And Individual Characteristics In Predicting Violence: A Multilevel Analysis Of African-American Families, Eric Allen Stewart Jan 2000

An Ecological Assessment Of Neighborhood, Family, Peer, And Individual Characteristics In Predicting Violence: A Multilevel Analysis Of African-American Families, Eric Allen Stewart

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This study used epidemic, cultural deviance, and social learning perspectives to examine the extent to which exposure to various forms of violence predicted violent behavior among 867 African-American youth. The study examined the following macro-level predictors of childhood violence: neighborhood violence, neighborhood SES, neighborhood subculture of violence, and percent African American. The following micro-level predictors were examined: street code, associating with violent peers, corporal punishment, parental violence, and warm/supportive parenting. Using hierarchical linear modeling techniques (HLM), the results showed that neighborhood SES was the only macro-level variable to exert a significant influence on violence. Furthermore, childhood violence was significantly ...


An Exploratory Study Of Noninstitutionalized Black Urban Elderly Living In Age-Homogenous Apartments In Detroit, Michigan And Their Informal Social Support Systems , Beverly Yvonne Claxton Peoples Jan 1984

An Exploratory Study Of Noninstitutionalized Black Urban Elderly Living In Age-Homogenous Apartments In Detroit, Michigan And Their Informal Social Support Systems , Beverly Yvonne Claxton Peoples

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Much of what is known about informal social support and functional/interactional needs of the elderly comes from studies done on white middle-class populations. The purpose of this research study was to identify the primary groups that noninstitutionalized, black elderly living in federally subsidized age-homogenous residential apartments located in Detroit, Michigan perceived as being instrumental components in their informal social support system. Elderly persons go from being a totally independent person to being partially independent and mutually interdependent based upon the support given to them by family, friends and neighbors. Therefore, a functional informal social support system must be available ...