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Gender Distrust and Intimate Unions among Low-Income Hispanic and African-American Women

TitleGender Distrust and Intimate Unions among Low-Income Hispanic and African-American Women
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsEstacion, A, Cherlin, A
JournalJ Fam Issues
Volume31
Pagination475-498
Date PublishedApr 1
ISBN Number0192-513X (Print) 0192-513X (Linking)
Accession Number21479146
Abstract

We investigate levels of generalized distrust of men among low-income African American, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and non-Hispanic white women in a three-city survey. The results reveal substantial variation. We find Hispanics' overall levels of distrust to be higher than levels for either African Americans or whites. Among Hispanics, however, Dominicans are the most distrusting group followed by Puerto Ricans; whereas Mexicans report levels of distrust that are comparable to African Americans and non-Hispanic whites. Married women are less distrusting than cohabiting women who, in turn, are less distrusting than non-cohabiting women. Nevertheless, distrust is not a significant predictor of a woman's total number of lifetime marital and cohabiting relationships; and distrust only marginally predicts a woman's desire to be in a steady relationship. We suggest that studies of trust in this population should focus more on attitudes displayed in specific encounters than on overall, generalized attitudes about gender distrust.

PMCID

3071506