Ethnicity and acculturation: Assessing Mexican American couples' relationships using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory - Revised Academic Article uri icon


  • This study compared the marriages of 75 Mexican American and 66 non- Hispanic White American couples sampled from the same geographic region of the southwestern U.S., using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory - Revised (MSI-R). Analyses of internal consistency and scales' intercorrelations provided partial support for the structural equivalence of MSI-R scales across both samples. Multivariate analyses indicated modestly higher levels of relationship distress among the Mexican American couples, although group differences dissolved after controlling for demographic variables other than ethnicity. Rating of higher acculturation among Mexican American couples were modestly related to higher levels of marital distress for wives but unrelated to relationship satisfaction for husbands. Implications of findings for the study of Mexican American marriages and interventions with clinically distress couples are discussed.

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  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Negy, C., & Snyder, D. K.

citation count

  • 40

complete list of authors

  • Negy, C||Snyder, DK

publication date

  • January 1997