What factors influence the relationship of a newly married couple? Do these factors change as the marriage matures? The authors of this book examine the determinants of marital instability in the early years of marriage. Conclusions are based on the results of a survey of 199 black couples and 174 white couples throughout the first four years of marriage. Findings focus on attitudes, perceptions, and feelings spouses have for each other and the manner in which they interact. Some of the topics discussed in the survey include: length of courtship, educational differences, religion, and family involvement. The findings show what effect these and other factors have on a marriage.
JOSEPH VEROFF is a Professor of Psychology and research scientist at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. ELIZABETH DOUVAN is the Catherine Kellogg Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies and a Research Scientist at the Survey Research Center. Together they have written The Inner American, Mental Health in America and other books. SHIRLEY J. HATCHETT is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Elizabet Douvan, Joseph Veroff, Shirley J. Hatchett