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What are the keys to a healthy intercultural relationship?


People are increasingly dating and marrying outside of their culture. A new study published in the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development has explored how cultural values affect various aspects of relationships, such as attachment, relationship satisfaction, and conflict management.

Individuals with secure attachment (in which they value their partner and emphasize mutual support) had greater relationship satisfaction and were more likely to compromise during conflicts. Belief in family solidarity, adherence to traditions, and relationship equality as well as less support of traditional gender roles were associated with greater relationship satisfaction. Also, when both partners viewed one another as equals, both sides were more open to the other’s ideas and perspectives—a key factor in healthy conflict resolution.

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