African American Boys and Divorce

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Does Divorce Have Special Impact on African American Boys? I can find nothing on the Internet on the subject of “African American Boys and divorce.” I do not think there is any scientific study on the effects of divorce on black boys, in fact. I could be wrong. But it strikes me that this demographic …

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WASHINGTON D.C.: Are the Obamas getting divorced?

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There have probably been more than a few nights that they have slept apart (because they are angry with each other) during their stint at the White House. But it is unliekly that any of these events mean anything as fatal as a “divorce.”

Black couples & divorce: Why is the divorce rate for Blacks so high in the U.S.?

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Why do black couples have such a high rate of divorce and what can be done about this?

When I heard, earlier this year, that there was something called “Black Marriage Day” I was completely taken aback.

Despite grim statistics, Black couples can defy divorce

Why did there need to be a special day for Black couples who are married as compared to any other racial or ethnic group? I mean, how would “White Marriage Day” sound or feel or look? The idea of a day specially reserved for black married couples made me feel more than just a little bit uncomfortable. But then I thought about it, and I read some of the stats – one particularly disturbing one puts the divorce rate for Black couples at close to 70%! – and it’s pretty grim because the divorce rate does not even count the number of black couples who are separated (whether legally or not) but not divorced, and so do not cohabit with each other . It certainly looks like there may be an issue of fact here with regard to, first of all, the rate of marriage among American Blacks as compared to the rest of the population, and then the rate of divorce. Seems there is a lower marriage rate for Black couples, and a higher rate of divorce and these numbers have been deteriorating since the 1970’s. This trend is particularly worrisome for the children of these broken marriages.

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Interestingly, one study even studied the effect of divorce on children and found a

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Do White and Black kids respond differently to parental divorce? If so, which group is more adversely affected?

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There are some studies that suggest that White and Black teens react differently to their parents divorce. Surprisingly, there is some indication that White teens take the divorce harder and have a tougher time adjusting. Not too sure why that might be. But if I had to guess, I think Black teens may have more …

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Sandra Bullock adopts a black child – is this in the child's best interest?

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This week in New York, the Asia Society sponsored an event where the issue of international, transracial adoptions was discussed. This week also, People Magazineannounced that Academy Award Winning Actress, Sandra Bullock, was going ahead with adopting a 3 1/2 year old Black child from New Orleans, as a single parent (given that she’s also …

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