Date of Award

June 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Laura V. Machia


Interracial Relationships, Perspective Taking, Self-Expansion

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Like all relationships, interracial relationships can satisfy our human need for interpersonal

bonds, but have additional challenges that same-race relationships do not face (e.g., discrimination). Interracial couples are more likely to break-up compared to same-race couples. However, many interracial couples prevail in the face of adversity. To understand why some interracial relationships prevail despite their challenges, I will examine processes that might buffer against the negativity of discrimination to lead to better relationship quality post discrimination. Specifically, I predict that White individuals who are able to take their partner’s perspective when experiencing discrimination will experience greater self- expansion and less self-adulteration in their relationship than those who fail to perspective take. In turn, greater self-expansion and less self-adulteration will be associated with increased relationship quality.


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