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Intercultural Couples Exploring Diversity in Intimate Relationships by Terri A. Karis

Intercultural Couples Exploring Diversity in Intimate Relationships


Intercultural Couples Exploring Diversity in Intimate Relationships by Terri A. Karis

While cross-cultural relations were once assumed to be inherently problematic, in recent years these couples have increased in both numbers and social acceptance, and there is now a growing awareness of how little we really know about them. Addressing this gap in our knowledge, this book presents 12 chapters focusing on cross-cultural couple formations (i.e., a partner from the U.S. and another from abroad). Highlighting both the struggles and successes of couples, this book challenges the principle of homogamy, helping the reader gain a deeper understanding and respect for intercultural couples. The chapters tackle a broad range of topics and issues, including systemic considerations of the phenomenon of cross-cultural couples, bilingual couples, interfaith relationships, struggles in such couple formations, different methods of approaching solutions, and the use of the internet to meet partners from diverse backgrounds.

About the Author

Terri A. Karis, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program and Department of Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Stout. Kyle D. Killian, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at York University, Toronto, Canada, and is a licensed couple and family therapist and clinical supervisor.

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Publication date

31st March 2009


Terri A. Karis

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Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group an imprint of Taylor & Francis Inc


288 pages


Sociology: family & relationships



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