Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Black Women in Couples and Families

  • Adia GoodenEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_702


African American Women

Name of Family Form

Black Women in Couples and Families


Black women in the United States are a unique population, and it is important to understand their social, ecological, and historical experiences in order to effectively support them in therapy. Here, the term Black reflects having some African heritage; the primary focus of this entry will be on African American women. African American women are women whose ancestors were brought to the United States to be slaves. Many immigrants from Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean who have African ancestry do not identify as African American. However, the second and third generations of these immigrant families often identify as African American and integrate into the larger Black American community. Therefore, for the sake of inclusivity, the term Black is used in this entry. When assessing Black clients, it is important to ask specifically how they identify in terms of race and ethnicity. Some...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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  • Rachel Diamond
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  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HarfordUSA