Fictive kinship relations in black extended families

L. M. Chatters, R. J. Taylor, R. Jayakody

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Demographic correlates of whether an extended family has incorporated a fictive kin relative was examined among a national sample of black adults. Fictive kin are defined as persons who are treated like a relative but who are not related by blood or marriage. Two out of three respondents indicated there was someone in their family who was regarded as a fictive kin. Multivariate analysis revealed that gender, age, education and region were all significantly associated with the probability that a family would incorporate fictive kin members. These findings are discussed in relation to previous work on fictive kinship relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-312+iii-xi
JournalJournal of Comparative Family Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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