Title

Exploration of Factors in Inter-Cultural Relationships: A Qualitative Study

Date of Award

2018

Document Type

Doctoral Capstone

Degree Name

Psy.D.

Department

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Shelly Smith-Acuña, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Fernand Lubuguin, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Dellena Aguilar, Ph.D.

Keywords

Inter-cultural couples, Cross-cultural couples, Couples therapy, Cultural differences

Abstract

The present qualitative study aimed to better understand the process of negotiating a couple culture for intercultural couples through a phenomenological approach. Three intercultural couples were interviewed using a semi-structured interview. Two rounds of reviews resulted in the identification of a phenomenon involving the process of adjustment in an intercultural relationship. Factors that were found to play a role in this process included respect for the other’s culture, acculturation of partners to each other’s culture, and individualistic and collectivistic variables. Furthermore, implications for therapy with intercultural couples are discussed, along with limitations and recommendations for further research.

Comments

Copyright held by the author.

Extent

48 pages

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