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Social Work With African American MalesHealth, Mental Health, and Social Policy$
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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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Incarceration and Family Formation

Incarceration and Family Formation

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(p.293) 16 Incarceration and Family Formation
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Social Work With African American Males
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Charles E. Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314366.003.0016

This chapter considers how the incarceration of Black men, who are incarcerated at seven times the rate of White men, comes into play in a woman's decision to marry the father of her child. Incarceration affects the decisions a couple makes about their relationship after having a child. If the father had been incarcerated, then it was less likely that the couple would marry. There was no significant difference in likelihood of cohabitation between those who had been incarcerated and those who had not.

Keywords:   African American males, incarceration, marriage

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