Charles Negy, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, PO Box 161390, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816.
RELATIONSHIP STATISFACTION OF MEXICAN AMERICAN AND NON-HISPANIC WHITE AMERICAN INTERETHNIC COUPLES: ISSUES OF ACCULTURATION AND CLINICAL INTERVENTION
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 293–304, July 2000
How to Cite
Negy, C. and Snyder, D. K. (2000), RELATIONSHIP STATISFACTION OF MEXICAN AMERICAN AND NON-HISPANIC WHITE AMERICAN INTERETHNIC COUPLES: ISSUES OF ACCULTURATION AND CLINICAL INTERVENTION. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 26: 293–304. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2000.tb00299.x
Douglas K. Snyder, PhD, is Professor and the Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843-4235.
Portion of this paper were presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, August, 1998.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Despite the increasing prevalence of interethnic marriages, remarkably little empirical literature exists for guiding clinical interventions offered to these couples. This study compared the marriages of 72 couples with one Mexican-American partner and one non-Hispanic White American partner, 75 Mexican-American couples, and 66 non-Hispanic White couples. Overall, the interethnic couples were more similar to non-Hispanic White couples than they were to Mexican-American couples across multiple domains, with the latter group indicating modestly higher levels of relationship distress. Among interethnic couples, Mexican-American wives' level of acculturation related significantly to both their own marital- and parental-role orientation and to distress in their relationships with children, as well as to their husbands' marital distress regarding child rearing and the couple's interactions regarding finances. Implications for clinical interventions with Mexican- and White-American interethnic couples are discussed.