Same-Race and Interracial Asian-White Couples: Relational and Social Contexts and Relationship Outcomes 1


Studies; Couples; Intermarriage; Race; Satisfaction; Empathy; Whites; Communication; Interpersonal relationship satisfaction; Interracial relationships; Acculturation; Divorce; Asian Americans; Census of Population; Women; Cultural differences; Social exclusion


Research suggests that interracial couples have lower relationship stability compared to their same-race counterparts, but there is evidence that interracial relationships involving Whites and Asians are an exception. This study compared the pathways to relationship stability among same-race and interracial Asian-White couples. Using MANCO VA, partner empathy, social approval, relationship satisfaction, and relationship stability for same-race and interracial Asian-White couples were compared, while holding length of relationship constant. A Structural Equation Model tested differences between groups in the effect that partner's empathie listening and social approval had on relationship satisfaction and stability. Results indicated that interracial couples had similar relationship satisfaction and stability, as well as partner empathy, and social approval, as same-race White couples. Same-race Asian couples consistently scored lowest in relational and social factors, as well as relationship outcomes. With few exceptions, the influence of empathy in communication and social approval on relationship outcomes was similar for interracial and same-race couples.

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*Canlas, J. M., Miller, R., Busby, D., & Carroll. J. (2015). Same-race and interracial Asian-White couples: Relational and social contexts and relationship outcomes. Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 46, 307-328.

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Journal of Comparative Family Studies




Family, Home, and Social Sciences



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Full Professor