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dc.contributor.advisorSurra, Catherine A.
dc.creatorBoelter, Jill Marie
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-01T15:48:16Z
dc.date.available2016-11-01T15:48:16Z
dc.date.issued2007-12
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T2GB1XK7D
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/43575
dc.description.abstractIn this qualitative study, I explored reasons for changes in commitment to wed for individuals in interracial dating relationships. I analyzed narrative accounts from 112 interracial daters are analyzed by means of modified analytic induction. Findings showed that individuals both directly and indirectly attributed changes in commitment to their interracial status. Individuals directly referenced the interracial status of the couple most often with respect to experiencing sanctions from disapproving social network members. Some individuals mentioned resiliency strategies to sustain the relationship in response to sanctions and other types of opposition from outsiders. Indirect effects of interracial relationships were evident most often in reference to compatibility-testing. Furthermore, various patterns and themes emerged exemplifying how individuals explore their commitment to wed. The findings showed more commonality of experiences early in the relationships, with a focus on initial attraction and interaction, and a greater diversity of experiences as relationships progressed to evaluating the partners’ marital viability. More serious demonstrations of commitment were evident as some individuals mentioned talking about marriage with their partners whereas others emphasized living together. Additional evidence, referred to here as negative space, showed that some individuals purposely avoided mentioning their interracial status in the interview setting. Overall findings support in some ways (e.g., conflict, sanctions), and refute in other ways (e.g., resiliency strategies, failing to mention issues with race), a common assumption found in the literature that interracial dating relationships are prone to experiencing negativity because of the interracial status of the couple.en_US
dc.format.mediumelectronicen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.relation.ispartofUT Electronic Theses and Dissertationsen_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.en_US
dc.subjectInterracial datingen_US
dc.subjectMarriageen_US
dc.subjectCommitmenten_US
dc.titleUnderstanding interracial dating from the insider's perspective : a qualitative analysisen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.departmentHuman Development and Family Sciencesen_US
dc.type.genreThesisen_US
thesis.degree.departmentHuman Development and Family Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman Development and Family Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen_US
thesis.degree.levelMastersen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arten_US
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