- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2009

Gender education gap a deterrent to black marriage

The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reported Thursday that its previous research has shown that the huge gender gap in college-degree attainment between black women and black men is contributing to a large racial gap in marriage rates between blacks and whites.

“Black women now make up nearly two-thirds of all African Americans who earn four-year college degrees,” the journal says. “The bottom line is that, for college-educated black women, finding a mate with a similar level of education has become extremely difficult.”

The journal report continues: “New data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows persisting huge racial disparities in marriage rates for blacks and whites. According to the new report, 43.8 percent of black women between the ages of 25 and 44 have never been married. Only 16 percent of white women in this age group have never married.

“While the new statistics do not include an education variable, the huge gender gap in higher educational degree attainment undoubtedly is a major factor in the marriage rate gap between blacks and whites.”

Camp for children suffering stress?

Think adults are stressed out? Take a look at worried children headed off to Stress Busters Camp.

Thinking about her son’s anxiety, licensed massage therapist Sherri Mincher, of Westminster, Md., designed a camp to help children cope with their mounting stress levels, the Carroll County Times reports.

According to the National Association of Health Education Centers, children’s stress levels have increased 45 percent over the past 30 years.

Youngsters most frequently are worried about parents, peers and grades, the organization said.

Ms. Mincher’s Stress Busters Camp lasts five weeks, starting in mid-July, and teaches children breathing, stretching and relaxation techniques.

The program also encourages children to share their stressful experiences with the group so they all can work on developing coping skills.

“It teaches them to be more self-aware when things happen,” Ms. Mincher said.

She said she intends to limit each session, which is conducted at the Speech Pathways clinic in Westminster, to five children between the ages of 5 and 13.

“What I’ve found is a lot of these kids have social issues,” she said.

Right now, Ms. Mincher is offering the stress class to children who have anxiety disorders, depression, attention issues and other special needs.

She said she would like to offer the classes in a school setting in the future.

From wire dispatches

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