How do family relations influence interethnic partner choices? The role of cohesion, affection and diversity in native and migrant families

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Abstract

Despite the well-documented effect of parental attitudes and their socioeconomic status on interethnic partnerships, little is known about how family relations are associated with interethnic partner choices. The present study investigates whether cohesive and affective family ties as well as the family structure is connected to interethnic partnerships. Based on data from wave five of the German Family Panel (pairfam), I estimate logistic regression models for natives and migrants separately. Results indicate that for natives, cohesive and affective relations are not connected to interethnic partnerships. For migrants, cohesive relations have a detrimental effect on being in an interethnic partnership. Overall, these findings suggest that family processes may help to understand why some migrant groups are more likely to be in an interethnic union than others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-351
JournalZeitschrift für Familienforschung
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • interethnic partner choice
  • family rel
  • migrant

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