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How Eastern Afro-Caribbean Women Report About Their Intimate Relationships: A Descriptive and Correlational Study

Brathwaite, Migdalia G (2010) How Eastern Afro-Caribbean Women Report About Their Intimate Relationships: A Descriptive and Correlational Study. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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How Eastern Afro-Carribbean Women Report About Their Intimate Relationships: A Descriptive and Correlational StudyMigdalia Brathwaite, Ph.D.University of Pittsburgh, 2010Little published research describes views of intimate heterosexual relationships among non-Western samples of women. This study represents a first attempt to document Afro-Caribbean women's views about their intimate relationships. A small sample of 53 Afro-Caribbean women from the island of Barbados were interviewed in their homes for a larger study of body image. Included in the measures were questionnaires about the extent to which women's expectations were or were not met in their current heterosexual relationships and if symptoms of depression were experienced. The women in this study generally reported, like Western women, that their relationships met their expectations (whatever those expectations may have been), that they contributed more positive than negative behaviors to the relationship, and that they experienced mostly mild or infrequent depressive symptoms. Unlike findings for Western samples, however, neither relationship duration, women's level of education, nor the extent to which they reported depressive symptoms covaried with whether they reported that their expectations were met or not. In summary, this study did not shed light on possible sources of Afro-Caribbean women's relationship satisfaction, although it potentially ruled out a few. An ethnographic approach to further research on this population was recommended.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brathwaite, Migdalia
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairVondra, Joanvondra@pitt.eduVONDRA
Committee MemberJohnson, Carljohnson@pitt.eduJOHNSON
Committee MemberRubinstein, Elaineenr@pitt.eduENR
Committee MemberCopland, Valire Carrsswvcc@pitt.eduSSWVCC
Date: 5 May 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 19 March 2010
Approval Date: 5 May 2010
Submission Date: 14 April 2010
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: West Indian Women and Intimacy; West Indian Women; Eastern Caribbean and Love Relationships; West Indian Women and Relationships; Black Caribbean Women and Relationships
Other ID:, etd-04142010-063100
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:37
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:40


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