Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology


This thesis explores the similarities and dissimilarities of perceived levels of marital conflict and happiness in cross-national and same-nation marriages and some related issues. Globally, economic and social ties between nations have increased dramatically since World War II. As a result, more and more individuals are working, studying and traveling abroad. This marked increase in international mobility has also given rise to an increase in the number of international marriages (Cottrell 1990; Imamura 1986). For example, the number of foreign spouses entering the United States annually has increased from 27,761 in 1960 to 145,247 in 1994 (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service 1960 and 1994). In Japan, the number of Japanese nationals married to foreign spouses more than doubled between 1965 and 1985 to over 12,000 (Cottrell 1990). In France, while the overall number of marriages decreased every year from 1975 to 1981, the number of cross-national marriages in this same time period remained steady at over 20,000 a year. As of 1981, France reported a total of 143,321 cross-national marriages (Barbara 1989).


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Sandra Meinecke December, 1998

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