Type of Document Dissertation Author Hamlin-Jones, Virginia Author's Email Address email@example.com URN etd-32298-112618 Title The Engagement and Impact of Relational Maintenance Behaviors in African-American Dual-Career Couples Degree PhD Department Family and Child Development Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Bird, Gloria W. Committee Chair Fu, Victoria R. Committee Member Hohenshil, Thomas H. Committee Member Rogers, Cosby Steele Committee Member Sporakowski, Michael J. Committee Member Keywords
- Relational Maintenance
Date of Defense 1998-04-10 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe Engagement and Impact of Relational Maintenance Behaviors in African-American Dual-Career Couples
Department of Family and Child Development
Using individual and couple interviews, this qualitative
work examined relational maintenance behaviors of 13
African-American dual-career couples. Findings reveal
that study participants employed a variety of routine and
strategic behaviors which they identified as relevant to
maintaining marital satisfaction and stability. Couples
distinguished between strategies in their daily interactions
and those implemented for the long-term sustainment of their
marriages. Couples also engaged a series of repair behaviors
designed to restore the marital relationship once a
transgression occurred. A new category of maintenance was
discovered as useful for these African-American couples --
seek a spiritual connection.
Each finding is discussed in regard to how it advances
understanding of relational maintenance behaviors.
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