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Waldo E. Johnson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314366

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.001.0001

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Men Do Matter

Men Do Matter

The Socially Supportive Role of the African American “Uncle” in the Lives of Single-Female Headed Households and At-Risk African American Male Youth

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Social Work With African American Males
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Joseph B. Richardson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.003.0005

This chapter examines the role of nonbiological fathers, specifically the African American “uncle” as a vital but often overlooked source of social support in the lives of African American male youth. It explores the relationships between men in extended familial networks (uncles), single-female-headed households, and at-risk male youth. It highlights the significant functions of these relationships such as trustworthiness, social obligations/expectations, reciprocity, information channels, and the social norms that men within these relationships provide to single-female households and at-risk youth to foster prosocial youth behavior and successful adolescent male development. All of these factors are significant determinants of social capital.

Keywords:   African American men, social support, uncles, male youth, extended families, father figure, nonbiological fathers

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