Bi-ethnic families: motivational basis for choosing your spouse

Aygumova, Z. and Carroll, V. (2017) Bi-ethnic families: motivational basis for choosing your spouse. In: 5th International ISCAR Congress, 28th August - 1st September 2017, Quebec, Canada.

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This article is devoted to the complex phenomenon of bi-ethnic marriage, particularly its motivational intra- and interpsychological
factors. The theoretical framework of this study is based on innovative interpretation of social-cultural
theory and its application in the phenomenon of bi-ethnic families. It is created by integrating Luria’s (1976) ideas
that culture determines relationships of human beings within society and forms consciousness and selfconsciousness
one’s personal activity; and Murstein’s (1982; 1999) ones that homogeneity factor (in values and
religious orientation) is dominant in motivation to choose a marriage partner. Also within this theoretical framework
core emphasis is made on ethnic identity, which is understood through its cognitive and affective components
The methods chosen to investigate the intra - and inter - psychological factors allowed to prove the hypothesis that
choice of bi-ethnic marriage partner is motivated and determined by a complex variety of inter - and intra -
psychological factors. For example, representatives of mono-ethnic marriages comply with the homogeneity
principle I, choosing their spouse and their motivation includes the criterion of social approval of their ethnically
homogeneous partner (inter-psychological factor) and indicators of ethnic identity (intra-psychological factor).
Therefore, the representatives of the bi-ethnic marriage have lower indicators of ethnic identity compared to the
representatives of the mono-ethnic family; and there are significant differences in value orientations among bi-ethnic
marriage spouses compared to the mono-ethnic family members, if there are high indicators of the internal locus of
control factor.

Keywords:bi-ethnic families, motivation
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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Deposited On:12 Mar 2018 11:57

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