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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hamlin-Jones, Virginia
Author's Email Address rtjones@vt.edu
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
  • African-American
  • Dual-Career
Date of Defense 1998-04-10
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The Engagement and Impact of Relational Maintenance Behaviors in African-American Dual-Career Couples

by

Virginia Hamlin-Jones

Department of Family and Child Development

ABSTRACT

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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