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There is a strong correlation between family stability and the family’s social and economic well-being. Two-parent, married families are touted as the ideal environment for raising children. Research shows that stable, two parent married households are connected to various positive outcomes for child well-being.

In addition, there are various positive psychological,emotional and economic outcomes for adults who are in healthy marriages. This is true across various racial and cultural groups. Despite the decline in marriage among African Americans, marriage has historically been and continues to be important to the social fabric of African American communities.

This Tip Sheet shows marital trends within the African American culture and offers strategies for establishing healthy marriage initiatives at the state and local levels in African American communities. (Author abstract)