Marital satisfaction among African Americans and Black Caribbeans: Findings from the national survey of American life

Chalandra M. Bryant, Robert Joseph Taylor, Karen D. Lincoln, Linda M. Chatters, James S. Jackson

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Abstract

This study examines the correlates of marital satisfaction using data from a national probability sample of African Americans (N = 962) and Black Caribbeans (N = 560). Findings reveal differences between African Americans and Black Caribbeans, and men and women within those groups, in the predictors of marital satisfaction. Black Caribbean women reported overall higher levels of marital satisfaction than African American women. The findings amply demonstrate the significance of ethnic diversity within the Black population in the United States. Difficulties with finances (budgeting, credit issues, and debt management) are one of the key issues that generate conflict in marriages; stress generated as a result of financial problems can lower marital satisfaction. Because these issues are salient for couples at any given time in the family life cycle, counseling at critical points in the marriage (birth of children, launching of children from home, and retirement) may be helpful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-253
Number of pages15
JournalFamily relations
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • African American
  • Caribbean families
  • Marital quality
  • Marital satisfaction
  • West Indians

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