Based on Bourdieu's social capital theory, two studies were conducted to investigate potential social capital and psychological distress for intermarried persons. Study 1 investigated potential social capital for intermarried persons. Study 2 examined the association between potential social capital and psychological distress. The two studies utilized the same data - the 2001 IHIS - including 11,483 intramarried persons and 1,392 intermarried persons. Generalized linear models were used for analyses. Study 1 found that interracial married persons were likely to have less potential social capital than intramarried persons. Study 2 found that the association between potential social capital and psychological distress was stronger for interracial married persons and intermarried persons with non-White spouse than for intramarried persons. The association was weaker for intermarried persons with White spouse than for intramarried persons. The study findings partially supported the previous literature raising a concern about a lack of potential social capital and consequent psychological distress for intermarried persons. The results supported the context-dependent nature of social capital posited by Bourdieu (1986).
University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. July 2013. Major: Family Social Science. Advisor: Dr. Sharon M. Danes. 1 computer file (PDF); viii, 92 pages, appendices 1-4.
Potential social capital and psychological distress for intermarried persons.
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