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Gender Dynamics Predict Changes in Marital Love Among African American Couples
Article first published online: 1 JUL 2013
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2013
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 75, Issue 4, pages 795–807, August 2013
How to Cite
Stanik, C. E., McHale, S. M. and Crouter, A. C. (2013), Gender Dynamics Predict Changes in Marital Love Among African American Couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75: 795–807. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12037
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 1 JUL 2013
- African Americans;
- gender roles;
- marital quality
This study examined the implications of gender attitudes and spouses' divisions of household labor, time with children, and parental knowledge for their trajectories of love in a sample of 146 African American couples. Multilevel modeling in the context of an accelerated longitudinal design accommodated 3 annual waves of data. The results revealed that traditionality in husbands' gender attitudes was linked to lower levels of love. Furthermore, divisions of household labor and parental knowledge moderated changes in love such that couples with more egalitarian divisions exhibited higher and more stable patterns of love, whereas more traditional couples exhibited significant declines in love over time. Finally, greater similarity between spouses' time with their children was linked to higher levels of marital love. The authors highlight the implications of gender dynamics for marital harmony among African American couples and discuss ways that this work may be applied and extended in practice and future research.