ERIC Number: ED310294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Cultural Differences in Premarital Attributions regarding Successful Marriages.
Stoltenberg, Cal D.; Beasley, Ron
Previous research and literature have shown that college students' and premarital couples' perceptions and attitudes toward marriage and family are only partially understood by researchers and educators. This study was conducted to examine the attitudes of Mexican American and Anglo American college students regarding marriage partners. Students (N=128) completed a Potential Spouse Checklist which consisted of 409 behaviors and eight attributional items representing activities common in marriage. Students reported their opinions concerning those activities viewed as important in maintaining a good marital relationship. The results revealed some cultural differences between Mexican American and Anglo American subjects regarding expectations about marriage. The Potential Spouse Checklist reflected significant differences for Anglo Americans and Mexican Americans as well as for males and females in the areas of Companionship, Affection, House Management, and Personal Habits. Overall results are consistent with previous studies which have suggested no important differences between Anglo Americans and Mexican Americans for martial satisfaction, ethnicities, family cohesion, and adaptability. (Fifty-three references are included.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Psychological Association (34th, Tulsa, OK, April 21-23, 1988).