Regarding gender differences, the more that husbands attended religious services and were generally more religious, the lower the frequency of marital arguments and the higher the marital adjustment scores in first marriages and remarriages.
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.Within the Asian Indian community, partner selection tends to be carefully orchestrated within social status and income, with education and employment as key variables for consideration.Staying within the same range on these factors assures power and status equity within the families.Rates of distress also increased among Hispanics and Native Americans who intermarried.
Intermarriage among Asians did not elicit increased distress for any groups, which may be a result of the fact that they are among the most integrated minority group in American society.
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.
Further, couples are more satisfied in their marriage when they are similarly religious.
Couples of different racial and ethnic backgrounds tended to view their differences primarily as cultural rather than racial, with the exception of when they were initially attracted to their partner, or if they had experienced incidences involving prejudice or discrimination.
Being of different races can definitely pose a challenge for intercultural couples. However, if couples face disapproval and social pressure from families and society, their relationships may become highly stressful as a result.