All you need is love: Predicting relationship quality, longevity, and depressive symptomatology in interracial and intraracial coupled individuals

Romantic relationships are known to be psychologically and physically beneficial to both partners when they are healthy. Yet, these benefits may depend on the type of romantic relationship (interracial or intraracial). There exists a plethora of literature that supports an association between being in an interracial relationships and poor mental health outcomes. Numerous studies show associations between relationship type and depressive symptomatology, relationship quality, and predicted relationship longevity. Likewise, age and income have a known relationship with the same three dependent variables. The present study sought to understand if being in an interracial relationship predicts depressive symptomatology, relationship quality, and expected relationship longevity while controlling for age and income. Using multiple linear regression, the present study analyzed heterosexual individuals who were currently in an intimate relationship (N = 156). The participants were split between men and women and analyzed as two separate samples. The results did not support this study's hypotheses. Relationship type (interracial vs. intraracial) did not significantly predict levels of depressive symptomatology, relationship quality, or expected relationship longevity in men or women, while controlling for age and income. Findings suggest that mature and established couples may adapt differently to being in an interracial relationship.