We express our appreciation to Tanya Davis, Justin Wax, and Allison Rayburn for their assistance in conducting and analyzing the research presented in this paper. Partial funding support of this project was provided by the LSU Council on Research and by a Jack Shand Research Award. We are also indebted to constructive comments from the guest editor, editor, and blind reviewers. Most of all, we are grateful to the participant families who shared their time and experiences with us without monetary compensation.
“Together, We Are Strong”: A Qualitative Study of Happy, Enduring African American Marriages*
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2008
© 2008 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 57, Issue 2, pages 172–185, April 2008
How to Cite
Marks, L. D., Hopkins, K., Chaney, C., Monroe, P. A., Nesteruk, O. and Sasser, D. D. (2008), “Together, We Are Strong”: A Qualitative Study of Happy, Enduring African American Marriages. Family Relations, 57: 172–185. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00492.x
- Issue published online: 31 MAR 2008
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2008
- African American;
Abstract: Thirty African American married couples (N = 60 individuals) were interviewed regarding the challenges and benefits of their happy, enduring marriages. Qualitative coding and analysis revealed 4 key themes: (1) Challenges in African American Marriages, (2) Overcoming External Challenges to Marriage, (3) Resolving Intramarital Conflict, and (4) Unity and the Importance of Being “Equally Yoked.” Supporting qualitative data are presented in connection with each theme. Implications for enduring marriages among African Americans specifically are discussed.