Yan Xia, Ph.D.
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Clark, G. C. (2017). Spirituality among Black Americans: A hierarchical classification of the family strengths model (master’s thesis). University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.
There is a need for disaggregate data pertaining to the perceived strengths of Black American families. This study identified which traits are salient and dominant among African-American families according to the Family Strengths Model. Utilizing this model, a mixed methods study was conducted among Black Americans living in Connecticut who identify with belonging to a family (N=59) to investigate the importance of six family strength domains. Results found the hierarchical rank (from most important to least important) to be commitment, spirituality/ spiritual wellbeing, appreciation and affection, positive communication, time together, and the ability to manage stress and crisis effectively. Additionally, all family strength domains were of high importance to the participants. Emerging family strength traits included leadership qualities and qualities that lead to newness and awe. Results are consistent with previous family strength and resiliency literature; however, this study offers a new and focused family strength perspective from Black Americans.
Advisor: Yan Xia
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