The current phenomenological qualitative study aimed to understand marital expectations in married African immigrants and United States-born (U.S.-born) married couples. Eighty-five African-born immigrant and U.S.-born couples from a predominately Seventh-day Adventist sample residing in the U.S. completed the Marital Expectations Questionnaire (MEQ). We analyzed data collected in response to the first question. Data analysis revealed 12 codes associated with four themes related to marital expectations: (a) Care and Support; (b) Love and affection (c) Commitment and (d) Shared Values. We present implications for marital relationships and future research.


Marital Expectations, African Marriages, Qualitative Research

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Evadne E. Ngazimbi is an assistant professor in the Department of Counselor Education and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: ngazevad@yahoo.com.

Andrew P. Daire is the Dean of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education, Richmond, VA. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: apdaire@vcu.edu.

Ryan R. Carlson is an assistant professor in the Counselor Education Department, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: rcarlson@sc.edu.

Matthew D. Munyon is Associate Director for Accreditation, Assessment, and Data Application (Office of the Dean), College of Education and Human Performance, University of Central Florida. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: matthew.munyon@ucf.edu.

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