3383.0 Loving, living, and learning: African-American women and relationships

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:30 PM
This session will address the social aspects, including influences and outcomes, of African American women and the different types of relationships they maintain. The different types of communication that take place among African American women is a cultural staple in promoting health across different stages of life. There is a unique relationship between African American mothers and daughters and an environment can be created for information about gender roles and expectations, pride, and sexual relationships to be passed from one generation to the next; additionally, because of the nature of this relationship, ongoing discussions of balancing the demands of the workplace and home can take place. Salons that cater to African American women are a nontraditional intervention setting that is increasing in popularity. Special relationships exist between hair stylists and their regular clients, where stylists can not only enhance the outer beauty of clients, but can also educate and empower clients to address health issues, and discussions of health in the African American community can be continuous. Social norms and interactions will be discussed, with regards to women’s relationship choices with significant others. Specifically, the role of maintaining relationships with significant others that are incarcerated, and the effects of long-term incarceration of a male sexual partner on drug-using African-American women's sexual relationships, will be discussed.
Session Objectives: Discuss socialization methods between African American mothers and daughters Identify relationship expectations of African American women with incarcerated significant others Explain the effectiveness of non-traditional settings and educators for promoting health with African American women

2:30 PM
Effects of long-term partner incarceration on sexual relationships of drug-using African-American women
Terrika Barham, MPH, Deltavier Frye, Kelly King, Venita Embry and Hannah LF Cooper, ScD, SM
3:10 PM
"Stand by my man”: Better understanding African-American women's motivations for maintaining relationships with incarcerated partners
Kelly King, MPH candidate, Terrika Barham, MPH, Venita Embry, Deltavier Frye and Hannah LF Cooper, ScD, SM

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Organized by: Women's Caucus
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Caucus, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs, APHA-Committee on Women's Rights

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

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