The purpose of this study was to analyze the association between relationship quality and religious discrepancy of interracial couples who are either married or cohabiting. Two variables of religious discrepancy (religious affiliation discrepancy and religiosity discrepancy) were studied. The sample included three groups of interracial couples: Hispanic-white, Asian-white, and Black-white. The data were analyzed using a structural equation model and regression estimates of the three groups were compared. Results showed a significant relationship in only three of the 12 relationships between the two variables of religious discrepancy and relationship quality. Significant negative relationships were found between religious denomination discrepancy and relationship quality for the Hispanic-white and Black-white group. In addition, a significant negative relationship was found between religiosity discrepancy and relationship quality in the Asian-white group. Clinical implications are discussed.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Family Life; Marriage and Family Therapy
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Fenn, Danielle, "Interracial, yet Intrafaith: Does a Common Religion Predict Higher Relationship Quality in Interracial Romantic Relationships?" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 3249.
interracial couples, interracial marriages, interracial, married, cohabiting, religion, religiosity, religious homogamy, religious heterogamy, Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, relationship quality, marital quality