Individual, Family, and Community Education ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 3-23-2017


This study is an attempt to capture the influence of race in spousal relationships experiences within Black-White multiracial marriages. Using phenomenological methodology, qualitative analytical techniques are used to answer the research questions: How does race and racial identity impact the relationships among individuals within Black-White interracial marriages? And, what role does race play in the inner working of Black-White interracial marriages? This study examines the lived experiences of five Black-White interracial marriages through the understanding of each individual’s racial identity and the role of race within the marriage. Understanding the lived experiences of these Black-White interracial marriages, revealed three themes: 1) Connection/disconnection with racial group; 2) Marital identity and; 3) Personal identity. In this study, each theme is defined and exampled using the illustrations of each participant.


Black-White relationships, discrimination, Interracial marriage, prejudice, marriage, race, racism

Document Type




Degree Name

Family Studies

Level of Degree


Department Name

Individual, Family, and Community Education

First Committee Member (Chair)

Dr. Cathy Gutierrez-Gomez

Second Committee Member

Dr. Ryan Kelly

Third Committee Member

Dr. Ricky Allen

Fourth Committee Member

Dr. Esther Devall

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