Date of Award

5-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Department

Sociology

Director of Thesis

Dr. Laura Brashears

Second Reader

Dr. Matthew Brashears

Abstract

As ethnic diversity increases in the United States, interethnic marriages are becoming increasingly prevalent. Despite their increasing rates, interethnic unions experience lower levels of relationship quality and are at a higher risk of divorce than same-ethnic unions. Other factors that influence marital outcomes include age at marriage, education, religion, and parental divorce. However, factors that influence specifically interethnic marriages include internal stressors, such as conflicting values and relationship expectations, and external stressors, such as a lack of social support and/or legal barriers. The best theoretical framework for studying interethnic unions is interdependence theory because it analyzes these factors and their effects on relationships on a more in-depth level than the other proposed theories. As such, a study design that illustrates the application of interdependence theory is proposed here to fill in the gap in our understanding of interethnic (specifically international) marriages in the literature.

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1

Last Page

21

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