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African American and European American Women's Marital Well-Being
Paula Y. Goodwin
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 65, No. 3 (Aug., 2003), pp. 550-560
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3600022
Page Count: 11
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Using a sample of 247 African American and European American women in their 3rd year of marriage, this study compared the predictors of marital well-being for each group by focusing on the influences of individual, interpersonal, and social and economic resources. Regression analyses revealed that emotional health (individual), trusting one's spouse (interpersonal), and feeling under-benefited in the relationship (interpersonal) were significant predictors of marital well-being for both groups of women. Physical health (individual) and in-law relations (social and economic), however, affected the marital well-being of only African American women. Findings from this study suggest the need to examine marital well-being within the context of race.
Journal of Marriage and Family © 2003 National Council on Family Relations