Title page for ETD etd-07102007-135150

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Green, Narkia Monique
URN etd-07102007-135150
Title Exploring the Experience of Race-related Stress and Marital Satisfaction among African American Married Couples
Degree Master of Science
Department Marriage and Family Therapy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Huebner, Angela J. Committee Chair
Few-Demo, April L. Committee Member
McCollum, Eric E. Committee Member
  • marital satisfaction
  • African American couples
  • modified analytic induction
  • race-related stress
Date of Defense 2007-06-26
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore how race-related stress influenced marital satisfaction among ten African American married couples. Each couple participated in a 60 to 90 minute interview and completed a measure of marital satisfaction. Using phenomenology, symbolic interactionism, and family systems theory as a theoretical lens, this study described how African American married couples came to understand if and how the phenomenon of race-related stress influenced their marital satisfaction, and what meanings they created from this experience. Using modified analytic induction, couples discussed how their individual factors influenced their perceptions of race-related stress. Race-related stress couples also discussed how the phenomenon strengthened and challenged their marital satisfaction. It was also discovered that couples with race-related stress developed ways of coping with race-related stress in an effort to protect their marital satisfaction. One of the ten couples reported not experiencing race-related stress. A conceptual model, future research, and clinical implications from these findings are discussed.
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