Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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

Black Men in Couples and Families

  • Adia GoodenEmail author
  • Anthony L. Chambers
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_703


African American men


Black men 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, and the primary focus of this entry will be on African American men. African American men primarily have ancestors who were brought to the United States to be slaves. While many immigrants from African countries, Europe, and the Caribbean who have African ancestry do not identify as African American, the second and third generations of these immigrants 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. Some prefer the term Black, while others prefer African American, and as mentioned some will...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern University, Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies, Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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