"together, we are strong": A qualitative study of happy, enduring African American marriages

Loren D. Marks, Katrina Hopkins, Cassandra Chaney, Pamela A. Monroe, Olena Nesteruk, Diane D. Sasser

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Thirty African American married couples (N = 60 individuals) were interviewed regarding the challenges and benefits of their happy, enduring marriages. Qualitative coding and analysis revealed 4 key themes: (1) Challenges in African American Marriages, (2) Overcoming External Challenges to Marriage, (3) Resolving Intramarital Conflict, and (4) Unity and the Importance of Being "Equally Yoked." Supporting qualitative data are presented in connection with each theme. Implications for enduring marriages among African Americans specifically are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-185
Number of pages14
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2008



  • African American
  • Black
  • Marriage
  • Religion

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