Examining mainstream and Afro-cultural value socialization in African American households

Kenneth M. Tyler, A. Wade Boykin, Christina M. Boelter, Monica L. Dillihunt

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This article examines the role of culture in the socialization patterns found in the households of low-income African Americans. Using the Triple Quandary theoretical framework, the authors hypothesized that cultural themes consistent with an Afro-cultural ethos would be reported significantly more than those associated with a mainstream cultural ethos. Scenarios depicting socialization activities reflecting the four distinct cultural themes were constructed. Seventy-one low-income African American parents reported how often they perform the activities reflecting the cultural themes in question. Findings revealed that parents reported communal practices significantly more than those activities linked to the remaining three cultural themes. Implications and future research directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-311
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Black Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2005


  • African American parents
  • Afro-cultural themes
  • Culture
  • Socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Psychology


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