The task of marriage is a cultural expectation found in prevailing life cycle models (Cherlin, 2010; McGoldrick & Shibusawa, 2012), yet African American women are disproportionately single (Clarke, 2011) and not considered in developmental paradigms. Attendees will learn the tenets of, and how to utilize, a conceptual framework characterizing the developmental life cycle model for single African American women. Stages of development, associated tasks, and implications for counseling practices will be addressed.
Demonstrate a conceptual framework characterizing the developmental life cycle of single African American women.
Apply stages of development, associated developmental tasks, and socio-cultural implications to single African American women clients.
Discuss framework's implications for counseling practices.