Dr. Colita Nichols Fairfax, associate professor in the Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social Work, has recently released a new book titled “Social Work, Marriage and Ethnicity . . . Policy and Practice.” In addition to her teaching and research at Norfolk State, Fairfax is a certified online instructor and an Honors College Senior Faculty Fellow. She is also involved in a restoration project in the city of Hampton and is raising money to restore the old Federation House. The newly released text examines a variety of racial and ethnic groups in society and looks at conventional knowledge, theories and best practices relating to marriages. Contributors address marriage interventions, female empowerment, parenting, and cohabitation, as well as the variables which impact these situations, such as employment, housing, domestic violence and HIV/AIDS, within appropriate and meaningful cultural contexts.
This book will be particularly useful for social workers working in many settings: clinical, community, research, policy implementation, faith-based, and other arenas that are available to couples in need of marital support. Marriage issues need to be addressed by social workers, given its status as a vital element in family strengthening and relationship stability. This book emboldens the case manager, community organizer, or immigration officer to address marital stresses and the demands faced by those couples most impacted by systemic inequality and barriers to cultural interventions. The book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.