Rashida Spence, Ph.D., is a 2021 graduate of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Antioch University, New England
- Denzel Jones, PhD, Committee Chair
- Valerie Riggs, PhD, Committee Member
- Amber Venum, PhD, Committee Member
African American relationship satisfaction, Black couples, African American marriages, African American satisfaction, couples satisfaction, healthy Black relationships
The current study uses a strengths-based framework to identify the process of marriage satisfaction among 1 same-sex African American married couple and 5 heterosexual African American married couples. Six themes emerged through qualitative analysis demonstrating that marriage satisfaction is a co-constructed experience created between couples through a series of interactions cultivating healthy conditions that strengthen relationship functioning and promote well-being. Based on the results the experience of marriage satisfaction is formed by the organizing concepts of connection, intentionality, purpose, sentiments of peace, authentic communication, and well-being. Results are discussed in association with existing research, as well as, Self-Determination, and Relationship Motivation Theories.
Spence, R. (2021). I’m So Satisfied: A Qualitative Approach to Understanding the Process of Marriage Satisfaction Among African American Couples. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/754