Sanctification of couple relationships and communal coping in married and cohabiting African American couples

J Fam Psychol. 2021 Dec;35(8):1128-1137. doi: 10.1037/fam0000882. Epub 2021 Jul 22.


Throughout history, African Americans have endured much, and their experiences with discrimination and racism continue today. Despite ongoing challenges, African Americans have also shown their resilience. Religion and spirituality are two of the largest resources of resilience that African Americans employ. However, little is known about the role of religion and spirituality within African American couple relationships. Using dyadic data from 292 married and 233 cohabiting African American couples, we examined the impact of sanctification of the couple relationship on communal coping within the Actor Partner Interdependence Model. Significant actor effects were found between relational sanctification and communal coping for both married and cohabiting men and women. There was a significant partner effect between married men's relational sanctification and married women's communal coping. However, no other significant partner effects were found. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved).

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • African Americans*
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Marriage
  • Men*