An Adlerian Approach to Black Male White Female Marriages: Unique Challenges and Distinctive Intervention in an Ambivalent Society

The review focuses on the Black male White female (BMWF) marriage population in the US. There has been astonishing growth in the number of BMWF marriages in the last 46 years, but they have been paid little attention by researchers and clinicians, especially the psychotherapeutic community. This review examines the historical, sociological and psychological context of these interracial couples, the unique challenges they face, and distinctive interventions to assist them. The Adlerian concepts of social equality, phenomenology, social embeddedness, and a strength-based perspective are discussed. Adlerian Psychology is established as an appropriate approach to help therapists understand and serve these couples.

William J. Wright
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