Who is kin? Family definition and African American families

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This article explores the ways in which African Americans, define family and kinship. Using data collected using ethnographic methods, issues such as the level of ongoing commitment to extended family structures, fictive kin status and obligations and pathways to kinship status are examined. This study has broad implications for the delivery of culturally appropriate services to African American individuals and families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-181
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2007


  • African American families
  • Ethnographic research
  • Extended family
  • Family definition
  • Kinship


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