Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

8-2014

Journal or Book Title

Marriage & Family Review

Volume

50

Issue

6

First Page

447

Last Page

479

DOI

10.1080/01494929.2014.905816

Abstract

The purpose of this descriptive study is to understand the decision to marry among a sample of 52 married Black men. Qualitative inquiry was used to explore this issue. The men noted five factors that encouraged marriage: wife's characteristics, spirituality, desire to be together, readiness to marry, and encouragement from others. Five barriers to marriage were personal reservations, perceived loss of freedom, disapproval from others, prior relationship experiences, and finances. If they had to make the choice to marry again, 44% reported they would marry at the same time, 30% would opt to marry later, and 23% would select to marry earlier. Three percent of men would not choose to marry again. Implications are discussed.

Comments

This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Marriage & Family Review on August 2014, available online: http://www.tandf.com/doi: 10.1080/01494929.2014.905816

Copyright Owner

Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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