Title

Who Is Kin? Family Definition and African American Families

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2007

Abstract

This article explores the ways in which African Americans, define family and kinship. Using data collected using ethnographic methods, issues such as the level of ongoing commitment to extended family structures, fictive kin status and obligations and pathways to kinship status are examined. This study has broad implications for the delivery of culturally appropriate services to African American individuals and families.

DOI

10.1300/J137v15n02_10

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