Date of Award

4-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Jerome Schiele

Abstract

This study examined the attitudes toward divorce of Black graduate students from intact and nonintact families of origin.

The study hypotheses predicted that Black adults from nonintact families of origin would hold more positive attitudes toward divorce than Black adults from intact families of origin and that gender would significantly mediate the relationship between attitude toward divorce and family of origin type. A nonprobability convenience sampling procedure was used and questionnaires were administered to 50 Black graduate students to assess attitude toward divorce, family of origin type and other descriptive information.

The researcher found that Black adults from nonintact households did not hold significantly more positive attitudes toward divorce than Black adults from intact families of origin, but gender did significantly mediate the relationship between family of origin type and attitude toward divorce.

The conclusions drawn from this study suggest that investigations using independent variables other than family of origin type and those that investigate the relationship between attitude toward divorce and family of origin type, solely for Black men would be the most helpful in providing new information to help explain the prevalence of divorce in the African American community.

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