Counselor Education and Supervision (ExCES)
School of Education
African American Relationships, Romantic Relationships, Intraracial, Interracial
The decline of intraracial dating has been more pronounced among African Americans in comparison to other racial groups. There is lack of available research tailored towards Black men’s dating experiences. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of heterosexual African American males related to their disengagement in romantic relationships with African American females.
A phenomenological study explored the lived experiences of 10 African American males and the dynamics that appear to contribute to the decline in intraracial dating in the African American community. Five themes emerged from the study: – self-regard, family matters, proximity, the new Jim Crow and views of relationships. Implications for mental health field and suggestions for further research are provided.
Johns, K. (2021). Forced Together, Growing Apart: An Exploration of Heterosexual African American Males' Disengagement in Romantic Relationships with African American Females (Doctoral dissertation, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/2116