International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

Interpersonal conflict among Caribbean couples in Jamaica, Guyana and the United States

Krim K. Lacey
  • Krim K. Lacey
  • Department of Sociology and African and African American Studies, University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA.
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Letroy O. Cummings
  • Letroy O. Cummings
  • Department of Sociology and Psychology, University of the Southern Caribbean, Maracas Valley, Trinidad and Tobago.
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Karen Powell Sears
  • Karen Powell Sears
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Denison University, Granville, OH, 43023, USA.
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Niki Matusko
  • Niki Matusko
  • Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, USA.
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Rohan D. Jeremiah
  • Rohan D. Jeremiah
  • School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences Division, University of Illinois-Chicago, USA.
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James S. Jackson
  • James S. Jackson
  • Program for Research on Black Americans, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, USA.
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  •  Received: 05 October 2016
  •  Accepted: 02 May 2017
  •  Published: 30 June 2017

Abstract

While interpersonal relations are an important aspect of people’s lives, they are also punctuated by conflict and tension. This study examined relationship conflict among Caribbean couples with an emphasis on experiences and potential determinants. The study is based upon secondary probability data collected in Jamaica, Guyana and the United States. The bivariate results revealed differences in factors associated with conflict among Caribbeans across countries.  Multivariate analyses suggest that conflict occurring among partners is complex and contingent on level of relationship satisfaction, closeness to partner, frequency of discontentment and social and cultural backgrounds.  

Key words: Relationship conflict, gender roles, social context, Caribbean couples.