ERIC Number: EJ789859
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 42
Romantic Relationships among Unmarried African Americans and Caribbean Blacks: Findings from the National Survey of American Life
Lincoln, Karen D.; Taylor, Robert Joseph; Jackson, James S.
Family Relations, v57 n2 p254-266 Apr 2008
This study investigated the correlates of relationship satisfaction, marriage expectations, and relationship longevity among unmarried African American and Black Caribbean (Caribbean Black) adults who are in a romantic relationship. The study used data from the National Survey of American Life, a national representative sample of African Americans and Caribbean Blacks in the United States. The findings indicated that the correlates of relationship satisfaction, expectations of marriage, and relationship longevity were different for African Americans and Black Caribbeans. For Black Caribbeans, indicators of socioeconomic status were particularly important correlates of relationship satisfaction. For African Americans, indicators of parental status were important for relationship longevity. Policy and practice implications for nonmarital unions are discussed.
Descriptors: African Americans, Blacks, Latin Americans, Adults, Intimacy, Interpersonal Relationship, Marriage, Satisfaction, Correlation, Socioeconomic Status, Parents
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