Dating someone different from you
Among Native Americans, the ethnic group most likely to be involved in an interracial marriage (at over 50%), the distress rate was about twice as high as it was for Native Americans who were not involved in an intermarriage.The distress rate for Hispanics was elevated only when they married non-Whites, reaching over twice the rate of those married homogamously to other Hispanics.
Potential cultural differences that must be negotiated were highlighted in one study that focused on Asian Indian-White marriages.Research indicates that couples are generally more satisfied with their marriages when their belief systems are more similar or homogamous.Additionally, the degree to which couples did not share the same religious or theological beliefs predicted the frequency and type of conflicts they experienced, including an increased likelihood of divorce.In the final Roles stage, couples determine how various roles (e.g., childrearing, division of household chores, breadwinner, etc.) will be carried out in the relationship and whether or not the fulfillment of these roles can produce an enduring relationship.Couples determine partner-compatibility in each of these stages through filtering out potential partners who don’t match their criteria.In fact, religiosity wasn’t as strong for either men or women in remarriage, so it may not be a strong predictor of marital adjustment.
However, when both the wife and husband were religious, they reported higher levels of marital adjustment.
In the Stimulus stage, couples are attracted to each other.
In the Values stage, couples analyze each other’s values and beliefs, including cultural and religious traditions, to determine whether they are similar to or different from their own.
The risk of divorce in first marriages increased when the husband attended religious services more frequently than his wife.
Theories speculate that regular joint church attendance provides a protective effect for the marriage by providing consistent social networks of like-minded individuals and strengthens bonds by reinforcing ideology and lifestyles. In sum, these findings seem to indicate that the greater the similarities in religious beliefs and behaviors, the higher the marital happiness.
Further, couples are more satisfied in their marriage when they are similarly religious.