AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE INFLUENCE OF MARITAL ATTITUDES AND SKIN TONE PERCEPTION ON THE ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP QUALITY AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN AND LATINX YOUNG ADULTS

Sarah N. Mitchell, Antoinette M. Landor, Katharine H. Zeiders

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Abstract

Research has shown that for young adults, marital attitudes (e.g., desire, importance, and expectation) are associated with relationship quality. However, how this association plays out for young adults of color is less known. Additionally, the influence of skin tone perception on the relationship between marital attitudes and relationship quality remains understudied. To explore these associations, the authors examined African American and Latinx young adults (N = 57, Mage = 20.71 years, SD = 1.28; 75.4% female) attending a Midwestern university. Exploratory results indicated that marital expectations were positively associated with relationship quality in that young adults who expected to marry one day, reported greater relationship satisfaction, commitment, and intimacy in their current relationships. Additionally, skin tone perception moderated the association between marital attitudes and relationship quality in two ways (i.e., between expectations and satisfaction and between importance and intimacy). Collectively, findings suggest that differing levels of marital attitudes and skin tone perception contributes to young adults’ perceptions of relationship quality. Considering these psychological factors of attitudes, skin tone perception, and relationship quality, together with systemic racial/ethnic discrimination, the authors discuss future research and practice considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContemporary Perspectives in Family Research
PublisherEmerald Publishing
Pages1-23
Number of pages23
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2023

Publication series

NameContemporary Perspectives in Family Research
Volume22
ISSN (Print)1530-3535

Keywords

  • marital attitudes
  • mate selection
  • Racial/ethnic minoritized identity
  • relationship quality
  • romantic relationships
  • skin tone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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