Crossing Cultures in Marriage: Implications for Counseling African American/African Couples

  • Beth A. Durodoye
  • Angela D. Coker
Original Article


A wealth of literature exists regarding intermarriage between White and ethnic minority couples. Noticeably lacking, however, is information considering within-group diversity amongst Black couples. This paper will focus on cultural dynamics that may operate with African American and African couples residing in the United States. Through an examination of within-group differences and similarities, counselors can be better prepared to assist such couples in addressing and negotiating possible cross-cultural challenges. A case study example will be considered with critical incidents discussed and essential cross-cultural counseling competencies will be addressed.


Intercultural couples Intermarriage African immigrants African Americans Nigerians 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Adult & Higher EducationThe University of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  2. 2.Division of Counseling & Family Therapy, College of EducationUniversity of Missouri - St. LouisSt. LouisUSA

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