This questionnaire study investigated the relationship between internalized negative stereotypes, Afrocentricity, and dyadic trust and adjustment for 73 Black couples. Internalized negative stereotypes alone generally did not predict relationship problems, however, the combination of internalized negative stereotypes and high Afrocentricity for the men was associated with decreased perceptions of partner dependability, an aspect of relationship trust, and decreased dyadic adjustment for both partners. Contrary to predictions, Afrocentricity was associated with less perceived partner dependability and satisfaction for the couples. Controlling for socioeconomic status failed to alter these associations. Findings imply that racial perspectives are important predictors of Black couple outcomes and that complex and conflicting racial attitudes held by Afrocentric Black men may cause deterioration in Black couple relationships.
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