ERIC Number: EJ778509
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Marital Quality in Interracial Relationships: The Role of Sex Role Ideology and Perceived Fairness
Forry, Nicole D.; Leslie, Leigh A.; Letiecq, Bethany L.
Journal of Family Issues, v28 n12 p1538-1552 2007
African American/White interracial couples are a rapidly growing segment of the population. However, little is known about factors related to marital quality for these couples. The authors examine the relationships between sex role ideology, perception of relationship unfairness, and marital quality among a sample of 76 married African American/White interracial couples from the mid-Atlantic region. The results indicate that interracial couples are similar to same-race couples in some ways. In particular, women, regardless of race, report their marriages to be more unfair to them than do men. Unique experiences in interracial marriages based on one's race or race/gender combination are also identified. African Americans experience more ambivalence about their relationship than their White partners. Furthermore, sex role ideology has a moderating effect on perceived unfairness and marital quality for African American men. Similarities and differences among interracial and same-race marriages are discussed, with recommendations for future research. (Contains 3 tables.)
Descriptors: African Americans, Marital Satisfaction, Sex Role, Ideology, Males, Racial Relations, Gender Issues, Whites, Spouses, Racial Differences, Females
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