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Race Matters, Even in Marriage: Identifying Factors Linked to Marital Outcomes for African Americans
Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
Copyright 2010 by the National Council on Family Relations
Journal of Family Theory & Review
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 157–174, September 2010
How to Cite
Bryant, C. M., Wickrama, K. A. S., Bolland, J., Bryant, B. M., Cutrona, C. E. and Stanik, C. E. (2010), Race Matters, Even in Marriage: Identifying Factors Linked to Marital Outcomes for African Americans. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 2: 157–174. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-2589.2010.00051.x
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- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 2 AUG 2010
- African American families;
- marital relationships;
Although many African Americans share a sociohistorical background, empirical research on family and marital processes has often overlooked a great deal of heterogeneity within the group. In addition, African Americans face different stressors and life circumstances from the general population. Given that a high proportion of African American marriages end in divorce and that African Americans report relatively low levels of marital quality, it is important to consider factors that may not be addressed in models of marriage that were developed using the majority population. We introduce a model that includes components relevant to understanding marriage among African Americans, including financial strain, racial discrimination, and minority status. Using the model, we review the literature and highlight gaps in existing research.