This article investigates the role of race in marital well-being. I argue that recent evidence suggests that lower levels of marital well-being are evident for African Americans. Using national sample data of 2,059 married individuals, the analysis provides support for this hypothesis. Blacks are significantly less likely than whites to feel their marriages are harmonious, and black women are less likely to be satisfied with their marriages than white women. Three possible explanations for these pattermns are considered, resulting in the finding that spousal emotional support and financial satisfaction intervene in the relationship between race and marital well-being. However, the relationship between race and maital well-being is not explainted by any of these factors. (Author abstract).
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Race Differnces in Marital Well-Being.