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Reflections on the challenges of understanding racial, cultural and sexual differences in couple relationship research

Gabb, Jacqui and Singh, Reenee (2015). Reflections on the challenges of understanding racial, cultural and sexual differences in couple relationship research. Journal of Family Therapy, 37(2) pp. 210–227.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-6427.12044
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Abstract

In the field of systemic psychotherapy there has been much recent interest in the areas of culture and reflexivity, and in working with couples. In this article we reflect on the process of conducting research in these areas. Drawing on findings from a large, national, empirical mixed-methods study on long-term relationships, we use two examples from the data to illustrate the complexity of researching across racial, cultural and sexual differences, in terms of research design and sampling, fieldwork and research practice, and making sense of multidimensional data. We point to findings that suggest that notions of coupledom are culturally constructed and thus challenge straightforward ideas of the procreative, sexually active couple dyad, separate from intergenerational extended families. The clinical significance of the findings for both lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer and culturally diverse couples and families are discussed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
ISSN: 1467-6427
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Enduring Love? Understanding long-term adult couple relationships in contemporary BritainES/I021507/1ESRC
Keywords: qualitative research; systemic psychotherapy; reflexivity; racial and cultural differences; sexuality; couple relationships
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 40800
Depositing User: Jacqui Gabb
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2014 09:00
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40800
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