Marital Happiness and Inter-Racial Marriage: A Study in a Multi-Ethnic Community in Hawaii

Xuanning Fu; Tora, Jessika; Kendall, Heather
January 2001
Journal of Comparative Family Studies;Winter2001, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p47
Academic Journal
The article examines the marital happiness among inter-racial couples from a multi-ethnic community in Hawaii. Marital happiness depends on many factors, and homogeneity of race and culture between the couple is surely among them. Intermarriage and divorce have been both extensively studied, but marital happiness among inter-married couples is seldom reported in the literature. In this article, we raise a research question whether marital stability and happiness are related to the racial and cultural background of married couples, and will examine self-reported marital happiness among a sample from a multi-ethnic community in Hawaii. The differential effect of race and culture on marital happiness will be given special emphasis in our study. Religion is an important aspect of culture, and norms that govern family pattern variations are often affected by the socio-religious climate in a given society. Religious beliefs mold people's attitudes and ways of behavior in the family, and influence how people calculate rewards and assign values. Religion and religiosity are related to various aspects of family life.


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