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Human Development and Family Studies

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National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families


Product No. 056


When Black married couples separate, they do so for longer durations without ever divorcing when compared to married adults from other racial and ethnic groups. Long periods of separation also have the potential to undermine individual well-being, child welfare, and family stability. This fact sheet provides an opportunity to learn more in hopes of better serving clients who may seek social services or take part in relationship development and marriage enrichment programs. The purpose of this fact sheet is to : (a) describe unique patterns in marital separation among Black couples, (b) highlight factors linked to marital separation, (c) outline consequences of marital separation, and (d) offer strategies social service workers can use to empower their clients who may experience marital separation.


This article is published as Hurt, T. R. (2013). Understanding distinct marital separation patterns among Black couples. Fact sheet developed for the National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, Office of Family Assistance, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services. Product No. 56. Posted with permission.

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National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families.



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