Cross-group relationships are defined by romantic relationships involving two individuals from distinct racial or ethnic groups. For this paper, the terms “interethnic” and “interracial” are used as specifiers for the umbrella terms, “intergroup” and “cross-group.” Studies examining whether cross-group romantic relationships are more or less satisfying than intergroup romantic relationships have yielded discrepant findings. Through a systematic review and meta-analysis of 27 studies, we found that there are no significant difference between cross-group and intergroup relationship satisfaction (aggregate d = .024, 95% CI [-0.076; 0.123]). Tests of moderation found that the amount of Asian participants included in individual studies on cross-group relationship satisfaction is significantly associated with effect size d (β = .005, p = .02; 95% CI [.001; .008]).
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Psychology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Henderson, Elena Kelsey, "Cross-Group Relationship Satisfaction: A Meta-Analysis" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 8477.
marriage, couples, relationships, interracial, interethnic, cross-group, satisfaction