What is More Important for the Quality of the Interracial Marriage: The Dyad or the Social Environment?

What is More Important for the Quality of the Interracial Marriage: The Dyad or the Social Environment?

Bobbi Miller reviewed Kyle Killian’s Interracial Couples, Intimacy, and Therapy:  Crossing Racial Borders. Miller notes,

A major strength of this work is the balance Killian is able to attain between pointing out areas of potential concern in the couple dynamic and remaining sensitive to how those dynamics developed and ways they have allowed couples to function in oppressive circumstances. (para. 2)

What is the greater challenge for interracial couples: coping with the possible lack of support from family, friends, and others in their network, or coping with race-related issues within their dyad? Which set of issues has the greater impact on relationship-related variables such as (to use an Investment Model perspective) perceived rewards, costs, investments, alternatives, and, of course, relationship satisfaction and commitment?

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