|Title:||The Engagement and Impact of Relational Maintenance Behaviors in African-American Dual-Career Couples|
|Degree:||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Department:||Family and Child Development|
|Committee Chair:||Dr. Gloria Bird|
|Committee Members:||Thomas Hohenshil|
|Keywords:||Relational Maintenance, African-American, Dual-Career|
|Date of defense:||April 10, 1998|
|Availability:||Release the entire work for Virginia Tech access only.
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The Engagement and Impact of Relational Maintenance Behaviors in African-American Dual-Career Couples by Virginia Hamlin-Jones Department of Family and Child Development ABSTRACT Using individual and couple interviews, this qualitative work examined relational maintenance behaviors of 13 African-American dual-career couples. Findings reveal that study participants employed a variety of routine and strategic behaviors which they identified as relevant to maintaining marital satisfaction and stability. Couples distinguished between strategies in their daily interactions and those implemented for the long-term sustainment of their marriages. Couples also engaged a series of repair behaviors designed to restore the marital relationship once a transgression occurred. A new category of maintenance was discovered as useful for these African-American couples -- seek a spiritual connection. Each finding is discussed in regard to how it advances understanding of relational maintenance behaviors.
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