Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Fighting the Stereotypes: How Black-White Interracial Couples Strengthen and Maintain their Relationships
by Kalnasy, Michelle Lynn, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2015, 120; 3668670
Abstract (Summary)

Despite increased numbers of intercultural couples in the United States, data shows that the pairing of non-Hispanic Black-White interracial couples falls short on all scales (Pew Research Center, 2012). The number of cohabitating interracial couples is almost double the number of married interracial couples; however, they have the lowest rates of marriage and are more likely to divorce when compared to all other intercultural couples. To determine what non-Hispanic Black-White interracial couples must do to strengthen and maintain their relationships, this study interviewed seven cohabitating couples. The qualitative analysis revealed five themes: Culture, Secure Attachment, Communication, Authenticity, and Humor. The themes and implications for couple therapy and future research are also discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Niolon, Richard
Commitee: Benitez, John
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Individual & family studies, Ethnic studies
Keywords: Couples, Emotion focused couple therapy, Gottman, Interracial couples, Therapy
Publication Number: 3668670
ISBN: 978-1-321-43919-9
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