Communicative correlates of satisfaction, family identity, and group salience in multiracial/ethnic families

Jordan Soliz, Allison R. Thorson, Christine E. Rittenour

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Abstract

Guided by the Common Ingroup Identity Model (S. L. Gaertner & J. F. Dovidio, 2000) and Communication Accommodation Theory (C. Shepard, H. Giles, & B. A. LePoire, 2001), we examined the role of identity accommodation, supportive communication, and self-disclosure in predicting relational satisfaction, shared family identity, and group salience in multiracial/ethnic families. Additionally, we analyzed the association between group salience and relational outcomes as well as the moderating roles of multiracial/ethnic identity and marital status. Individuals who have parents from different racial/ethnic groups were invited to complete questionnaires on their family experiences. Participants (N = 139) answered questions about relationships with mothers, fathers, and grandparents. The results of the multilevel modeling analyses are discussed in terms of implications for understanding multiracial/ethnic families and family functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)819-832
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume71
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Family processes
  • Interracial/ethnic
  • Multilevel modeling
  • Race/ethnicity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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